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  • Cast Long Shadows

  • Ghosts of the Shadow Market, Book 2
  • By: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Bailey
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

Matthew Fairchild is the Consul’s son and the golden-haired boy of the Nephilim. He has the love of his family and his parabatai James Herondale, and nothing to wish for, except excitement and artistry and beauty that do not seem to fit in with a warrior’s way of life. Matthew gets more than he bargained for at the Shadow Market, where he commits the greatest sin of his life - something he can never tell his parabatai, or any of the honorable Shadowhunters around him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By Amy on 08-02-18

Charming but sad

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Charming, then dreadfully sad, yet with some hope for redemption — and so well written and narrated.

  • The Raveling

  • Age of Faith, Book 8
  • By: Tamara Leigh
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah Agliotta
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Sir Elias De Morville is no ordinary man of the sword, possessing both the heart of a warrior and a troubadour. When he sets out to rescue a boy who may be his son, he must, more than ever, prove worthy of the Wulfrith dagger that ranks him among the greatest of knights. And more difficult it becomes when, not only must he protect the enigmatic woman who aids him, but guard against attraction to one forbidden him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I anticipated!

  • By D on 08-17-18

Lovely medieval romance

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I loved the story of Honore and Elias. It was unusual in at least one aspect of a less than perfect love interest in Honore, but also in a Wulfrith knight who has the heart and history of a troubadour. The setting during medieval times never fails to intrigue me and this one included the Archbishop of Canterbury. Very well done and of course I look forward to any future releases from Tamara Leigh. Al though I also have enjoyed all of her contemporary stories she seems to have found her in this time period.

Audiobook Narration was also well done.

  • The Awakening: A Medieval Romance

  • Age Of Faith, Book 7
  • By: Tamara Leigh
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah Agliotta
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Even if she must sell herself in marriage to the highest bidder, Lady Laura Middleton is determined to provide her daughter a home and protector. But when Queen Eleanor presents her cousin with four suitors, among them is one who believes Laura betrayed him 10 years past. Despite her attempts to discourage his pursuit, he is determined to have her for the dowry needed to save his lands. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Finds a Way!

  • By D on 04-26-18

Heartache, Mystery, & Love Resolved

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Absolutely loved the story of Laura and Lothaire. Lots of heartache, confusion and mystery but a beautiful love story finally brought to a perfect resolution. I’m sure there are numerous threads in this one that will lead us in to some further stories and revelations in this wonderful medieval series by Tamara Leigh.

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  • A Splendid Defiance

  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

For two years, England has been in the grip of Civil War. In Banbury, Oxfordshire, the Cavaliers hold the castle, the Roundheads want it back and the town is full of zealous Puritans. Consequently, the gulf between Captain Justin Ambrose and Abigail Radford, the sister of a fanatically religious shopkeeper, ought to be unbridgeable. The key to both the fate of the castle and that of Justin and Abigail lies in defiance...but will it be enough?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare reader's gift

  • By Felicia J on 01-08-17

Love and War

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

I found this to be a delicious, intriguing read. A beautifully told story of poverty and hardship in the midst of war with a heartfelt and unexpected love developing in the midst of it.

As always, no one can compare to Alex Wyndham’s narration ♥️

  • The Unknown Ajax

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Georgette Heyer romance

  • By bebe on 06-04-10

Incredible!!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

Love this book. It is beyond well written and overflowing with wit, humor & romance. And the narration of Daniel Philpott inarguably took this book from a 5-Star read to an over-the-top 10!!

  • This Quiet Sky: A Novella

  • By: Joanne Bischof
  • Narrated by: Gail Shalan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

There is nothing extraordinary about Tucker O’Shay’s dreams. Go to college. Become president. Fall in love. And pretend like he has enough time to get it all done. Sixteen-year-old Sarah Miller doesn’t expect anything out of the ordinary when she begins her first day at the one-room-school house in her new hometown of Rocky Knob. But when she meets seventeen-year-old Tucker O’Shay she finds herself swept up in a friendship that changes the way she sees the world and a love that changes her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Amazing!! A Must Read!!

  • By Micaela Wood on 03-01-15

Beyond Incredible - Joyous & Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Oh my word! I don't know where to begin I finished this book in one day. I read it and I listened to it on Audible. It is beyond incredible....I really don't have words. I am right now listening to it a second time...the narration is incredible but the story -- I honestly don't have words to describe it.

I make a point of not reading books too often that I fear will have a "less than happy" ending . . . as life definitely has had its share of sadness. So I began this one with much trepidation (after reading a few reviews). But this beauty of this story was a reminder to me of all the joy that is mixed in even with the terribly sad times. On a personal level, I was reminded that although one of my daughters died before her 10th birthday, the Lord gave us 9 more years with her than we were expected to have. I was carried back to those years of laughter and the closeness of our family in the midst of our battle against time. And how God Himself gave us MORE than we could have ever known to ask through these years.

I desperately love Sarah and Tucker . . . and their story. And I am so thankful to Joanne Bischof for sharing it with me. I now have the privilege to share it with my own daughters, granddaughters and friends.

  • As Bright as Heaven

  • By: Susan Meissner
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters - Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa - a chance at a better life. But just months after they arrive, the Spanish flu reaches the shores of America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As Bright as Heaven

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

Incredible & Valuable

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

The year is 1918 when we meet the Bright family. Thomas and Pauline have just lost their infant son to heart failure...and they, along with their three young daughters (Evelyn, Maggie & Willa) are moving to Philadelphia so Thomas can become a partner in his Uncle Fred’s funeral parlor

In As Bright As Heaven we are a part of their story as they quickly are faced with America entering into The Great War at the same time as the plague of the Spanish Flu is devastating all of Philadelphia and, indeed, the whole world. Obviously the subject of death lays heavy throughout the background of this story but more than this, death actually seems to be another main character as their story is revealed.

There is much heartache but also much love and devotion and very unique characters.

My own grandmother lived through this story in Philadelphia of 1918, when her husband and both children succumbed to the Spanish Flu. So I knew I wanted to read this. I was prepared for sadness obviously but could not possibly have been prepared for the total immersion I would feel as I was sucked into their world.

I loved the audio narration so very much with the different narrators bringing each person perfectly to life...and even, in one case, death.

I HIGHLY recommend this story and can’t even give it the amount of “stars” it deserves.

  • Sons of Blackbird Mountain

  • By: Joanne Bischof
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

After the tragic death of her husband, Aven Norgaard is beckoned to give up her life in Norway to become a housekeeper in the rugged hills of nineteenth-century Appalachia. Upon arrival, she finds herself in the home of her late husband’s cousins—three brothers who make a living by brewing hard cider on their three-hundred-acre farm. Yet even as a stranger in a foreign land, Aven has hope to build a new life in this tight-knit family. But her unassuming beauty disrupts the bond between the brothers. The youngest two both desire her hand, and Aven is caught in the middle, unsure where—and whether—to offer her affection. While Haakon is bold and passionate, it is Thor who casts the greatest spell upon her. Though deaf, mute, and dependent on hard drink to cope with his silent pain, Thor possesses a sobering strength. As autumn ushers in the apple harvest, the rift between Thor and Haakon deepens and Aven faces a choice that risks hearts. Will two brothers’ longing for her quiet spirit tear apart a family? Can she find a tender belonging in this remote, rugged, and unfamiliar world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Narration for a Beautiful Novel!

  • By Britt98 on 09-29-18

Beautiful & Resonating

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

What an incredible read. I don’t know how to describe the beauty of this book — the world, the characters, the joy and the sorrows, the struggles, challenges and triumphs. The bond of brothers even as each one is so unique from the other. The women who care for them and the women whom they love.

Thor and Aven grabbed my heart and squeezed it tight and I am thrilled to find that there will be more from Blackbird Mountain yet to come.

The audio narration was also wonderful.

  • The Wicked Cousin

  • Rockliffe, Book 4
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Sebastian Audley has spent years setting every city in Europe by the ears and keeping the scandal-sheets in profit. Word that he is finally returning to London becomes the hottest topic of the Season and casts numerous young ladies - many of whom have never seen him - into a fever of anticipation. Cassandra Delahaye is not one of them. In her opinion, love affairs and duels, coupled with a reputation for never refusing even the most death-defying wager, suggest that Mr. Audley is short of a brain cell or two.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5/5 Unlikely Dare Devil Match Stars!

  • By BJ's Reviews on 01-07-18

Wyndham's Narration & Reformed Rake - 5 stars

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I've enjoyed Cassie throughout this series and was looking forward to her story. Very well done. Sebastian was an interesting, and eventually, lovable character. Definitely a great romance (in spite of his past coming back to bite quite a bit!)

Add Alex Wyndham's narration to The Wicked Cousin and you have a sure 5 star read!

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  • The Marigold Chain

  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

England, 1666; the year all the prophecies said the world would end. For Chloe Hervaux, marriage to wild, unpredictable Alex Deveril offers escape from a home she hates. For Alex, waking up with an epic hangover, the discovery that he has acquired a bride is an unwelcome shock. But while the marriage remains in name only, other forces are gathering. England is at war with the Dutch, and Prince Rupert suspects that sabotage is at work in the fleet. Instructed to find and stop the traitor, Alex enters a dark, secret labyrinth of intrigue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent romance set during the Restoration

  • By noagnes on 02-23-18

Exceptional, as always!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I loved this book - both in Kindle and on Audible. In fact, I already feel certain that I will be reading it again. I "savored" it, reading and listening, and then reading again.

Chloe was everything I would want the heroine to be: bright, witty, compassionate, kind . . . and with enough self assurance to make the most of even difficult situations. Alex was frustrating at times, but I grew to love him as well -- especially after he has his own revelations. Just a beautiful HEA.

For anyone who finds historically accurate fiction to be intriguing, particularly in 17th Century England, The Marigold Chain is a delight. (If only I had history taught to me in this way back in my high school years!)

As always, Alex Wyndham's narration is exceptional and a perfect match for Stella Riley's 17th Century world full of stories. I can't wait for more!

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