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  • Critical Failures II: Fail Harder

  • Caverns and Creatures Book 2
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,406

Finding themselves permanently stuck in this strange new world, the gang tries to make the best of it by finding the nearest tavern and getting shitfaced. The plan goes just fine until they lose Katherine and Chaz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Low-brow nerd humor that I can't get enough of!

  • By Jarboguts on 08-31-15

Not as good as the first or the short stories

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Not much happened here except the constant poop, sex, and fart jokes. Not that it was bad, there just wasn't much story and the end just happened so fast, and leads right into the next book. The first book was more of a story with all the crude humor and the D6 collection of shorts was better than this as well. I suspect that over the long haul I will enjoy the short stories more than the novels, much like a comedy series is more-often better than a movie made from that series.

That said, I bought the next book and started it up right away.

  • Carter & Lovecraft

  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,400

Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case - the hunt for a serial killer - went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he's a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him. First, he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he's never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn't want a new boss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A mistakes that worked out in my favor.

  • By Frae on 03-06-17

Not a contained story

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

This is not a contained story. It's a prelude to a series and unless you really want to commit to it, this is not worth the effort.

  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place

  • Potting Shed Mysteries Series #3
  • By: Marty Wingate
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

After her romantic idyll with the debonair Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse culminates in a marriage proposal, Pru Parke sets about arranging their nuptials while diving into a short-term gig at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. At hand is the authentication of a journal purportedly penned by 18th-century botanist and explorer Archibald Menzies. Compared to the chaos of wedding planning, studying the journal is an agreeable task...that is, until a search for a missing cat leads to the discovery of a dead body....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I Want (and, then some)

  • By karen on 04-27-16

I can't take any more tears

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

How is it possible for one person to cry as much as Pru does and still manage to function in society? The answer is she wouldn't. The door opens, Pru sheds a tear. There's a coffee commercial on television, she cries. Enough!

I liked the supporting cast in the first two books, but the cast in this book wasn't as enjoyable and it just didn't make the heroine more tolerable as the first couple of books. This is the last in the series I'll be picking up.

  • The Ghost of Valentine Past

  • Haunting Danielle Series, Book 7
  • By: Bobbi Holmes, Anna J. McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

A romantic weekend at Marlow House Bed and Breakfast turns deadly when Earthbound Spirits founder, Peter Morris, is murdered. Plenty of people had a reason to want the man dead - especially Danielle's current guests. But it isn't Morris' ghost distracting Danielle on this deadly Valentine's Day weekend, it's her late husband, Lucas. She has her hands full with suitors coming from all directions - both living and dead - while she tries to figure out if there's a killer in Marlow House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Each BK gets better--more on Audible format Please

  • By LOYL-00 on 04-05-18

Ignore Joe

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Wow, the last few books have made Joe the most annoying character in just about any series. If Joe says anything about the case, it has to be wrong and completely focused on incriminating anyone for his own private interests.

Other than that, the story was good, as always.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lowcountry Bombshell

  • A Liz Talbot Mystery
  • By: Susan M. Boyer
  • Narrated by: Loretta Rawlins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604

Liz Talbot thinks she's seen another ghost when she meets Calista McQueen. She's the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe. Born precisely fifty years after the ill-fated star, Calista's life has eerily mirrored the late starlet's - and she fears the looming anniversary of Marilyn's death will also be hers. Before Liz can open a case file, Calista's life coach is executed. Suspicious characters swarm around Calista like mosquitoes on a sultry low country evening: her certifiable mother, a fake aunt, her control-freak psychoanalyst, a private yoga instructor, her peculiar housekeeper, and an obsessed ex-husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Liz Goes Shooting With The Wild Hogs

  • By Takeyabue on 10-13-14

I'm done, a.k.a. it's not so cozy

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

The first book in the series was in the cozy category of a recent sale and I picked it up and completely enjoyed it. More of the story was focused on actual detective work while still presenting a fun and quirky environment.

This book started off well, but there are two unnecessary sex scenes. I thought about returning the book, but I was too invested by the story and gave it one more chance. Luckily, there were no more cheap porn interludes. The story wound to a good conclusion and I would recommend it if you don’t mind the sex scenes. But I am done with the series and am a little disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bed, Breakfast, and Bones

  • A Ravenwood Cove Cozy Mystery
  • By: Carolyn Dean
  • Narrated by: Gail Hedrick
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

Amanda Graham inherited a rundown bed and breakfast, a starving cat, and some dead guy who's buried in her garden! What should've been a simple remodeling project and a new business in a small Oregon beach town winds up with her uncle named as the number-one murder suspect, a slew of odd neighbors and problematic townspeople, and Amanda wanting to just sit down and eat her weight in chocolate pie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute First Mystery But Reader Was Poor

  • By Valerie L on 01-12-17

Barely average story, bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

The story is okay, though there is a lot left out and it feels like an extended short story. The writing is also a little amateurish, though not terrible. It might have sounded better if the narrator was good at voices and general pace of narrating. It wasn't so bad that listening was impossible, but it is bad enough that I will avoid anything read by Gail Hedrick.

  • Medicus

  • A Novel of the Roman Empire
  • By: Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,176

Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Susan on 08-31-07

Awesome narration keeps the pace and tone

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I liked the book and the view of Roman life in fort in Britain. I didn't feel like it was much of a mystery, but more of a story with a mystery in it. It felt a little long, but I never wanted to abandon it.

I liked the Ruso and Tilla and the supporting characters quite a lot, though Tilla starts off being quite week.

What really rocked was Simon Vance's narration. I looked over my collection to remind myself of what else he has read that I own and every one of them was awesome. This included listening to all 58 hours and 5 minutes of the original Sherlock Holmes stories. I wish his James Bond books were still available to download.

  • A Spell of Trouble

  • Silver Hollow Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Leighann Dobbs, Traci Douglass
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 349

When town troublemaker, Louella Drummond, drops dead in front of Isolde Quinn's pet store just minutes after threatening both Issy and her cousin Graeme, the police in the small lakeside town of Silver Hollow assume it's from natural causes. Until it's discovered that Louella was murdered. Not just any murder, though. Murder by paranormal means. Dark magic that could only have been performed by a powerful witch.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A cute story about witches in a small town

  • By Lomeraniel on 04-14-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

For such a short book, the heroine spends an inordinate amount of time speculating on the romantic viability of one of the investigators, as he does when the story is told from his point of view. Add to it the unbelievable world, the ineptitude of the government agency (serious, the ones always accompanied by exotic pets are the witches, guys), the predictable villain, and all-too-perfect family and the book just doesn't work. Plus the plotting and assumptions by the villain show a genius level of thinking, except they don't think through all the holes in the result they are looking for. Sloppy.

Amy Rubinate does a generally good job of narrating, though she doesn't inspire me to look for some of her other narrations. That could be because of the material.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Morbid Taste for Bones

  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501

Cadfael's return to his Welsh homeland for a visit proves a rather discomfiting homecoming when an honorable nobleman turns up in a patch of forest with an arrow embedded in his chest. There are questions about the arrow, the man's daughter needs Cadfael's help, and a very odd burial takes place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator and story are great fun

  • By Cynthia on 03-23-10

Bad narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I am returning this book because Patrick Tull's narration reminds me of the bad stage actor portrayals in old movies, where the sentences are oddly broken up and everything is stated as if it is the most important thing ever. I really like the Brother Cadfael books and was looking forward to listening to these. I was hoping the book would be a pleasant diversion instead of the difficult listen it turned out to be.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lighthouse Keeper

  • By: Cynthia Ellingsen
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,550
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,252

Dawn Conners's parents are famous for finding historic treasures, but she has a knack for losing things - her job, her boyfriend, and now, her reputation. Thanks to a mud-slinging exposé, Dawn's late great-grandfather is assumed guilty of stealing silver from a century-old shipwreck. Hoping to clear his name, Dawn returns to Starlight Cove, her idyllic hometown on Lake Michigan, where the doomed vessel sleeps beneath the beam of a ramshackle lighthouse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good ocean town setting

  • By Wild Horses Flying on 07-02-17

Okay, but might need to be recategorized

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

This is listed as a cozy mystery, but is really more of a light romance book. I picked it up because it was the daily deal and it was okay. It felt long for what it was and the "mystery" was a treasure hunt that the reader couldn't figure out with the info that was given.