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  • How Witch It Is

  • Wicked Witches of the Midwest, Books 1-3
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Aris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

Welcome to Hemlock Cove, where the town is magically rebranded - but real witches aren't necessarily welcome. That makes things hard for the Winchester witches - including local newspaper reporter Bay. She's got a persnickety family - wait until you met Aunt Tillie - and a penchant for stumbling across trouble.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed bag

  • By MerylB on 01-08-17

I like this series despite the narration.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

While the narration is better than some I've heard, that isn't saying much. She talks too fast and too high pitched, almost whiny even when the story line doesn't call for it. While the writing makes the young women sound immature, the narration makes them seem elementary age. Despite all of these negatives, there is a cute story line and strongish characters. Aunt Tillie and Landon are my favorites. I intend to finish the series and possibly read/listen to this author's other series with other narrators. Hopefully they won't be as annoyingly shrill.

  • The Hollow of Fear

  • The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 3
  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639

Under the cover of "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective", Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her business to know what other people don't. When the estranged wife of her dear friend Lord Ingram is discovered dead on his estate, all signs point to him as the murderer. With Scotland Yard closing in, Charlotte goes under disguise to find out the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By Jane on 10-02-18

Love, love, love!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-18

This was just released and I'm anxiously awaiting the next book. Kudos to Sherry Thomas for her excellent writing and successfully and artfully weaving an alternate Sherlock Holmes world storyline. Kate Reading also, as usual, expertly brings the characters to life. Whoever made the decision to put Ms. Reading's narration to Ms. Thomas' work deserves every reward they receive.

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  • Fur Fox's Sake

  • Shifters Undercover, Book 2
  • By: Milly Taiden
  • Narrated by: Lauren Sweet
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

Marika Paters has an energy coursing through her that others can't explain. Maybe it's the curious fox that lies within that gives Marika joy in her work as a geneticist for the only forensic laboratory for animals. But while her research unravels mysteries - like startling new data that threatens to dismantle everything science knows about shifters - Marika has always felt incomplete, just another lonely shifter looking for her mate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great potential, but lacking -- something.

  • By Sandra on 03-26-18

Great potential, but lacking -- something.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-18

While the narrator did a good job of portraying the different characters in the book, the nasal sound of her voice was a bit grating to me. She did get the energy a high spirited fox might have spot on.
The story line is potentially a good one. However, there's not enough development of anyone or anything. I figured I would try this when it was on sale. You really need to hear (or I hope that's the case) the first book to understand some of the references so you can understand my confusion when reading all these glowing reviews that it's a wonderful stand alone book.
Davin is sooooo horrible with his teeter tottering emotions. He's either over the top "she's mine and I'm never letting her out of my sight" or "I have to leave her to save her so this won't work" with absolutely no transition between.
Things just seemed way rushed to me. I did enjoy this book, I just don't think I got what all the other gushing reviewers got. I will possibly get more of her books, but with the advanced knowledge not to expect much.

  • Dragon Fall

  • By: Katie MacAlister
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 320

For Aoife Dakar, seeing is believing - and she's seen some extraordinary things. It's too bad no one else believes that she witnessed a supernatural murder at an outdoor fair. Returning to the scene for proof, Aoife encounters a wise-cracking demon dog - and a gloriously naked man who can shift into a dragon and kiss like a god. Now thrust into a fantastical world that's both exhilarating and terrifying, Aoife is about to learn just how hot a dragon's fire burns.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book from Katie!

  • By Diana on 08-03-15

Entertaining but issues

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-18

I usually like Tavia Gilbert but her characters were too whiny or arrogant throughout 3/4 of the book showing very little emotion other than frustration, hostility, or list. There was absolutely no basis for these two characters to fall in love and in that I blame the author. The timeline was COMPLETELY unbelievable. The entire book happens over 2 to 3 days. You want us to believe that they go from strangers to totally committed for eternity in just 2 (Effie) or 3 (Katia) days? I have a HUGE problem with authors that want me to believe that timeline. I will say that her phrases uttered in amazement or surprise were quite amusing and Jim was a great addition of humor. Davis's narration of him was just how I would picture the voice of a dog/good demon would be. Story 3 Narration 3

  • By Book or by Crook

  • Lighthouse Library Mystery Series # 1
  • By: Eva Gates
  • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

For 10 years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library, but she has not enjoyed the demands of her family's social whorl or her sort-of engagement to the staid son of her father's law partner. But when her 10-year relationship implodes, Lucy realizes that the plot of her life is in need of a serious rewrite.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fun cozy with unfortunately bad narration

  • By JJ on 01-14-16

Cozy mystery but a bit boring.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-18

Cute little mystery. Not sure if it was the narration or not but felt a little bored. Plus, the gullibility of the main character to fall for the ghost stories told to her in an obvious ploy to frighten her away from her new job and home was disappointing.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 16-18
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983

The Last Puzzle: When amiable old village eccentric Quentin Andrews dies, the good folk of Cherringham are astonished at the crowd that turns up to his funeral. But even more astonished are the beneficiaries of his will: Quentin has left a veritable fortune to whomever is the first who can solve an intricate 'Cherringham crossword'. That puzzle is only the first of many that Jack and Sarah will uncover as they follow the treasure hunt for clues and learn the truth about who Quentin Andrews really was.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Waiting for Episodes 19 - xx in English!

  • By MMinSouthernCA on 09-25-17

Great little British mystery series.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

I LOVE this series. Little or not so little crimes are solved quickly by a retired New York detective and a divorced British mother of 2 in a sleepy British town. I like how short the stories are. Each story is finished within a little more than 2 hours of audio. Neil Dudgeon is a charismatic narrator who has the ability to develop a rich voice for every character. Jack's New York accent may be a little overdone, but it still works in the story. I wish I could find this in print form as my father won't do Kindle or Audible. It's the kind of series he would also enjoy. I'm anxiously awaiting the remaining books on Audible.
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  • One Fell Sweep

  • Innkeeper Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,146
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,146

Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to a very particular kind of guest...the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don't stand too close, or you may be collateral damage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Took It Right to the Edge and Kept Me Enthralled

  • By Sophia Rose on 04-19-17

Anxiously awaiting the next one!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-17

I love this series. The characters are all powerful in their own ways yet relatable because they also have flaws. Andrews has a talent for writing emotionally powerful scenes. The narrator goes slightly overboard with the accents, but I've grown used to them.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • Read by Eddie Redmayne
  • By: J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander
  • Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,339

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • whoops

  • By A. Bunnell on 04-19-17

Good addition to the Wizarding world.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-17

Though the way the recording changed for footnotes etc. was annoying, I found this to be enjoyable. I was very aware of the fact this book was NOT a story but a listing of various magical creatures. I was again amazed at the amount of research JK Rowling did and rolled it seamlessly into her own imaginative creation. Brilliant.

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  • Etched in Bone

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586

After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders - a primitive and lethal form of the Others - the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no man's land beyond their borders - and the darkness.... As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Convinced With This One

  • By Lady on 03-18-17

Another great book by Bishop

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-17

I have enjoyed this series. I had even seen reviews that this book left them dissatisfied. I did not feel that way at all. I felt this portrayed the characters well and relationships progressed in a timely manner for the characters involved. I personally enjoy a series better when they allow relationships to grow over time or, in the case of a series, over a period covering several books. Because of the people involved, I think it would have been way harder to believe if they had gone from 0-60 in the first or even second book. What were people expecting? A graphic love scene? Please! Bishop does a great job of portraying the hopes, fears, trepidations, anger, resentments, confusions, etc of all her characters making for a well rounded entertaining, intelligent book.
I need to add that the narrator did a good job of creating a colorful world that was easily visible through her spoken words. So often, a bad narrator can kill the enjoyment of the best of books. The combo of Bishop's words read by Harris worked well.

  • Prudence

  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama ("Rue" to her friends) is bequeathed an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female under similar circumstances would do: she christens it the Spotted Custard and floats off to India. Soon she stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pronunciations and character voices are Different!

  • By Andrea C on 03-17-15

Narrators should do research!!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

First, let me say that I love Gail Carriger and the Soulless series. I also understand a bit about getting a new narrator for the next generation series - Prudence. However, and this is a big bone of contention with me: Narrator!! Please!!! Do some research!!!! Different accents and pronunciations of key characters as far off as was done here, really threw me off and didn't allow me to enjoy the book as much as I might have. (A note must be added here that the original narrator to the Soulless series changed the pronunciation of a major character's name on the second book, which also threw me off. It's called continuity, folks! Learn it!)

Humor and a smidgen of romance keeps the quirky story line going. For you critics, of course the story line is absurd. What else did you expect from a comedic, steam-punk, werewolf, vampire, other, story obsessed with tea? That's what makes it fabulous! This is not for the great thinkers or thrill seekers. This is a cute, intelligently written, fun, paranormal adventure with a little romance thrown in. If that's the kind of story you like, hurry and get the Soulless series first so you know the background. If you can't get around the lack of continuity of the narrators, I urge you to get the books on Kindle or paper versions. It's worth it.

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