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  • Slave Queen

  • An Omar Zagouri Thriller
  • By: H. B. Moore
  • Narrated by: Bon Shaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Special Agent Omar Zagouri's latest case is his most dangerous - and his most personal yet. The discovery of secret sixteenth-century letters unveils a plot between the sultan Suleyman and his chief wife, Roxelane, to change the course of the Ottoman Empire. A descendent of Roxelane, Zagouri learns he has an enemy whose revenge has been centuries in the making.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adventure and Thrills within...

  • By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 01-17-19

Adventure and Thrills within...

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I don't read too many thrillers, but the price was right, and Bon Sha (aka R.C. Bray) is narrating  the series, so I knew I'd be enjoying myself. This book didn't let me down!
Moore gave us a two-fold story, one thread that tells us of the rich and oft romanticized 16th century Ottoman Empire, and the life of Sultan Suleyman, his poetry, and Queen, Roxelane, whom Suleyman elevated from slave status, to be his chief wife.
The book's main story however, is about Omar Zagouri, a man who tracks down and stops the thieves of priceless art and antiquities! Omar's hunt becomes personal when Omar's mother is injured by his enemies, and he finds that his life is at stake as well, as he searches for some priceless letters written in the hand of Queen Roxelane...
H.B. Moore does something that very few authors manage to pull off... She makes me care about both stories, I found myself actually grimacing (in a good way) when we switch points-of-view at the chapter breaks...
Go grab this audio book, and let H.B. Moore and Bon Shaw take you away to an exotic locale... and a story that spans the centuries.
  Adventure and thrills await the listener of this marvelous tale!

  • Smoke Eaters

  • By: Sean Grigsby
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

When dragons rise from the earth, firefighters are humanity's last line of defense, in this wild near-future fantasy. Firefighter Cole Brannigan is on the verge of retirement after 30 years on the job, and a decade fighting dragons. But during his final fire call, he discovers he's immune to dragon smoke. It's such a rare power that he's immediately conscripted into the elite dragon-fighting force known as the Smoke Eaters. Retirement cancelled, Brannigan is re-assigned as a lowly rookie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Enjoyable!

  • By Logan on 04-07-18

Holy gods, soooo much fun!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Holy gods! Why did it take me so long to find and listen to this book? It's really so much fun!
I realized that I was into something good when we started off fighting a normal house fire... and then things got real serious, real fast when they found the cause... A Dragon! After that there was a Scalzi (one of my top favorite authors) reference. In fact I had been thinking about John Scalzi and Old Man's War when I downloaded Smoke Eaters, as both books feature an older protagonist, so the Easter egg tickled me all the more!
Then they find a dragon's lair in Lechuguilla Cavern! I was super surprised and pleased at this, as I  have gone couch-spelunking in the Lechugilla cave system several times. First, in a PBS Nova episode, and then in Nevada Barr's fantastic story, Blind Decent! After that I fell deeply into it's intoxicating landscape pics available on the internet, so you can imagine my delight to be taken there once again. Only this time... with Dragons!  I'm pretty sure no stalagmites were actually harmed during the writing of the book... LOL !
Take it from me you're gonna want to read/listen-to this high-octane* book! It has plenty of heat and dragon action as Cole Brannigan learns what it means to be not just a firefighter but a true Smoke Eater!

... As for the narration? T Ryder Smith simply SMOKED this one!
5 Hot ★'s for Smoke Eaters!

*just so you know, high octane actually refers to a combustible fuels resistance to flashing over... the higher the octane rating, the less likely it is to combust, but as used in this review, it's commonly accepted to mean "more combustible"  This from my technically-minded husband...

  • The Minefield Girl

  • By: Sofia Ek
  • Narrated by: Camilla Belle. Sound design by: Rich Macar – Buttons NY. 3D spatial audio by: VisiSonics.
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 357

The Minefield Girl is based on Sofia Ek´s personal experiences as a young woman doing business in Libya while Gaddafi was still at the top of his reign. Her mission was to present Libya to the Western world of big business via the pages of the Wall Street Journal’s magazine SmartMoney.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad this was a special offer, free, not worth using a credir

  • By CSD on 02-20-18

DNF

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

I picked up this audiobook because it is was available for free... and I got what I paid for.  I managed to get about 4hrs into this book before giving up,  and here's my thoughts.

I couldn't believe that this woman, Sofia, would be so naive to think that she could go into a country that has a culture so vastly different from that of her own...  The society is strongly/adamantly patriarchal, and this twit expects to be respected as an important business woman! In addition, she was trying to sell a product under false pretenses, lying to her buyers, and all the while flaunting her disregard for the societal customs!
It's no wonder that things are crumbling around her... but her surprise, absolutely astounded me!

Camilla Belle was a very poor choice for narrator. Her voice was completely wrong for the part... too innocent and young for the almost sociopathic role she was portraying... And, I for one, never believed her for a second!
  Do yourself a favor, and don't waste your time with this one, like I did!

  • Kindred

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Kim Staunton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,392

Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes she's been given a challenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simply written, but full of wisdom

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-14-17

I really wanted to love this...

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Listening to Kindred, I felt a bit like an outsider, looking through a window at a party that I hadn't been invited to... Let me explain: I couldn't manage to suspend my belief of the magic, the time-travel gimmick that made this book even possible (normally, not an issue for me) ... plus, I didn't feel like I could relate to our titular character (Dana) until about half way through the story when she started talking about her love of books... and yes, that was all it took, LOL! After that we were fast friends and I enjoyed the rest of the book, but it's bothersome that it took so long to get into it. Maybe it's just me, but then again, maybe not...
The narrator was fine and I'm oscillating between 3 and 3.5 ★'s maybe with the narration I'll tip the rating to the higher end.

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  • The Magical Christmas Do Over

  • An Adorable Second Chance Romance Novel That Will Leave You Laughing, Crying and Clapping
  • By: Linda West
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

A strange Christmas letter appears, and Macy Kennedy is forced to go back home to the small town she has avoided for more than 30 years. Despite an oncoming blizzard and in spite of her feelings, Macy packs up to leave on the adventure of a lifetime. She bribes her loyal secretary and the firm’s maid to help drive her through a blizzard to accomplish the sordid ordeal. Little can they ever imagine that a rare, mystical blue moon hangs high in the sky on this Christmas Eve and that magic lives in this enchanted mountain town full of love and friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Small town magic...

  • By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 12-31-18

Small town magic...

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

A cute, cozy little Christmas story that takes place in Kissing Bridge... a small town that I fell in love with when I read Linda's book, Death by Crockpot. This story has some of the same cast of characters (what, you didn't believe me when I said, small town? LOL).
Yup, the sisters are back to baking, and this time they've cooked up a batch of Magical Christmas Cookies, and just in time for three of the newest visitors, to their holliday-bedecked town...
So go ahead and get this lighthearted tail of Holliday fun. I loved it, and I think you will too!
I listened to the audio version and Jennifer Jill Araya proves again that she is right narrator for the job...

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What Happens Next? Conversations from MARS

  • By: Adam Savage
  • Narrated by: Adam Savage
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Every year, 200 experts across machine learning, automation, robotics, and space arrive in Palm Springs for MARS to share new ideas about how these four fields will shape our future. TV host and maker of things Adam Savage (MythBusters) takes listeners deep inside the MARS conference. In interviews with more than a dozen leading scientists and thinkers, Savage explores the mind-blowing and often misunderstood ways in which science and innovation are transforming the way we live, work, and play.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Machine learning, Automation, Robotics, and Space

  • By Kingsley on 12-27-18

So much fun in a very geeky kinda way!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

This is actually a really fun book, in a very geeky kinda way... and Wow, it's done by Adam Savage the co-host of MythBusters! The show that ran for years on Discovery channel, and I never missed an episode! I've been keeping tabs on Adam... his love for making things, his YouTube videos where he might interview an author, such as Andy Weir, or do a terribly geeky build, or having fun at a SciFi convention...
This book just highlighted Adam Savage's excitement for all things cutting-edge science, from advanced A.I. and robotics to the health sciences, thinking outside the box, Maker Spaces, and the book ends by talking about space and space travel.
This book is very listener friendly. It's set up more like a podcast or Ted Talks, so I (a non-scientific type) could understand and enjoy this book

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tempests and Slaughter

  • The Numair Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Ari Meyers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm's most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a gift with unlimited potential for greatness - and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the "leftover prince" with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great prequel

  • By G. Amundsen on 02-08-18

I freaking loved this story!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I had had some trepidation about starting this book, in part due to the fact that I love Tamora Pierce... I know that doesn't make sense, but let me try to explain. Tamora Pierce hasn't done a new book in her Tortall universe in years, and not just a couple of years, but like 7 years... the last book was Mastiff, in the Beka Cooper trilogy. And here, she's going back to a character introduced in (I believe) her first and again in her second series, In (The Song of the Lioness) he showed up briefly, and then again in The Wild Magic quartet, which she finished up in 1988. I was really afraid that after all these years she would take this wonderful and mysterious character,  Mage Numair, and somehow "eff" it up for me, if it hadn't been for the assurances from my daughter (now a grown woman, who LIVED for these stories while she was growing up) I may never have read this book!
I FREAKING LOVED this story ... and Tamora Pierce finally chose to write a series from a male perspective, and I gotta say, she did it very well! I have to admit that I was also surprised by the fact that a woman was picked to narrate this story... I always thought the gender of the narrator was dictated by the protagonist. But I fell in love with Aria Meyers' narration, and realized that she was a perfect pick for the book!
I felt like Tamora Pierce made a huge nod, almost an homage, to another great author, T.H. White and his classic, The Once and Future King (this made me happy). I may be out in left field, but it's what I think...
With this story she took Numair and gave him a backstory about his training, where he found new friends, and started learning how to control his significant magic powers. This story is fantastic, and I strongly suspect the books to follow are going to be simply  amazing. I can hardly wait for the next book. Let's just hope that I don't have to wait too long!

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  • Their Lost Daughters

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author Joy Ellis never disappoints!!

  • By Wayne on 06-16-18

I was completely wrapped up in this story...

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18


This is an "angsty" British murder mystery, taking place in a bleak, desolate, wind whipped stretch of coastal property... The mood of the tale takes its cue from the dismal landscape (how typically British of it! Lol). D.I. Jackson, and D.S. Evans, along with their crack investigative team, face a very tough case, and they have to dig deep to find their own inner strength in order to move forward. They also discover that it's not at all as straight forward as it seems (is it ever?), and  seemingly unrelated cases may actually play a part in their investigation!
Richard Armitage has proved himself a brilliant narrator with this tale, and I found myself completely wrapped up in this twisty mystery. I'm confident that you will too!

A very solid 4.5 ★ overall!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Venus Shining

  • Trinity Forest Series, Book 3
  • By: Jennifer Alsever
  • Narrated by: Moira Todd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Triumphant at last, Ember has fought her way back from the evil witch's curse and reclaimed her identity, her sense of self. Now she must stop Xintra from hurting the boy she loves, even as she uncovers the truth behind her mother's dark, twisted past. Rejoicing in her power over the human race, Xintra is closer than ever to achieving her father's dream - a dream she sacrificed her own life to realize. But when key members of her team defy her, she must scramble to enact her plan before obedience gives way to anarchy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great finale

  • By AmazonCustomer on 12-12-18

A great finish to the series...

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

This is a great finish to the Trinity Forest trilogy... Jennifer Alsever took all that momentum she had from Oshun Rising and pretty much ran with it all the way to the goal post, only stopping for air when she got to the epilogue. I found it very hard to put this book down... with all of the action and many points-of-view, I was sucked in! My biggest complaint with book 1 of the trilogy, was how Ember-centric it was... In the second book Oshun (aka Ember) learned that she couldn't do it without the help of her friend Maddie, and her brother Jarrod.  And, in this book she found that she needed to make peace with the ghosts of her past, mostly her mother, someone she had never bothered to get to know... Oh and I never said in any of my reviews, but Ember has synesthesia (she see colors when listening to music, or sounds,) something I believe is almost like having a super power, and in Venus Shining she's finally able to capitalize on her ability, and proving my point, it really is a super power! LOL ...
So yeah, get the books and be ready for a roller coaster of a ride...

  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,114

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Great cast of storytellers!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

I had never read anything by Dan Wells, but I expected something good from this best-selling author. I was however, rather taken aback at how hokey the beginning was... complete with a "Star Trek" like, grandiose music score. Hahaha! Seriously though, it seemed that the author skimped on plot simply because it was written for middle readers. My husband was laughing at how idiotic it was to have an AI that was brilliant at navigation (by design), and yet completely incompetent at virtually everything else...
Once I got into the story however, I became enthralled with the soryline, in part due to the great cast of story tellers, and maybe in part due to my husband no longer snidely commenting about it!  :)

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