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  • Daughters of the Lake

  • By: Wendy Webb
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

After the end of her marriage, Kate Granger has retreated to her parents' home on Lake Superior to pull herself together - only to discover the body of a murdered woman washed into the shallows. Tucked in the folds of the woman's curiously vintage gown is an infant, as cold and at peace as its mother. No one can identify the woman. Except for Kate. She's seen her before. In her dreams...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great ghost story!

  • By MissSusie66 on 11-06-18

Great ghost story!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Fabulous ghost story! Well written and even though I figured it about with about 2 hours left, I still really enjoyed the reveal!


Xe Sand's wonderful narration brought the emotions of this book to life!

Highly recommend!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ethan and the Key

  • By: Dennis Canfield
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Twelve-year-old Ethan Mason is focused on baseball, math tests, and staying out of Howard Russman's way. That is, until a mysterious puddle of green light appears in the upstairs hallway of his home. The light brings Ethan to the kingdom of Abentur, a beautiful world defended by a dragon against vicious invaders and Draykik, their brutal leader. Ethan can't tell his parents or friends or anyone else about the new world he's discovered, because he has no way to prove, even to himself, that it really exists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Audio Book for Young and Old

  • By Love2Read on 07-23-18

Fun story good family road trip book

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This was a fun take on the “chosen one” fantasy. Ethan is living his normal life some may even say a boring life, when suddenly there is a strange green glow in the hallway and when he goes to check it out he ends up in another world that is anything but normal!

Once he goes through the green glow Ethan has quite a journey ahead of him there are some twists and turns and revelations that change everything. As Ethan straddles these two worlds and tries to figure out which one he belongs in he sees his life quite differently than where we started! Can Ethan help save Abentur? Or should he just go back to being a normal boy? Is everything as it seems or is there more going on here than meets the eye?

This great fantasy adventure that starts right away and doesn’t let up till the end. I don’t want to give too much away, I will say this is a well written book with well-rounded characters and I would definitely recommend this one for a family road trip!

Nick Podehl’s narration of this one was great he gave everyone a distinct voice and accent and you always knew who was talking. He captured Ethan’s awe and innocence very well along the journey.

This is my second book from this author and I really enjoy his writing style. If you haven’t read his book Back to Christmas I highly recommend that one too!

Fun book!!
4 stars

**I received this book from the author for a fair and honest review.**

  • She Was the Quiet One

  • By: Michele Campbell
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

When twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright enroll in The Odell School, a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. But the sisters could not be more different. The school brings out a rivalry between them that few ever knew existed. And the school itself has a dark underbelly: of privileged kids running unchecked and uninhibited; of rituals and traditions that are more sinister than they seem; of wealth and entitlement that can lead only to disaster.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED IT!

  • By Trina Nycol on 08-02-18

Kept me guessing

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

This book was great it kept me guessing all the way to the end and then that prologue Wowza!

This was my first book by this author and i will be getting her previous book because I really enjoyed her writing style. there aren't many characters to like but you will feel bad for some and suspect everyone!

I listened to this one audio narrated by january LaVoy who brought the characters to life and every emotion they felt. Highly recommend this one on audio!

5 stars!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trail of Lightning

  • By: Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Narrated by: Tanis Parenteau
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is its last, best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The person you hire when the heroes fail

  • By Cynthia on 08-09-18

Unique Urban Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

This is a beautifully written #ownvoices Native work of art. The world building in this book is very well done and I loved all the Native Legends/Mythology weaved throughout this story.

Maggie is a badass monster hunter but she is alone as everyone she ever cared about has either died or left her alone, including her former mentor who left making her think she was also a monster not just a monster hunter, and we all know how something like that can eat at a person especially when they are spending too much time alone. That is why Kai is just what she needs even if he does annoy her at times. I enjoyed the friendship building between Maggie and Kai and I look forward to watching the growth of these two characters.

I am a fan of the Coyote mythos but I will admit to thinking of the Mercy Thompson books whenever he is mentioned. However, I still enjoyed this take on the trickster god Coyote. Ack I don’t want to give anything away so I will stop about these legends!

The narration by Tanis Parenteau was good if a bit of a straight read and I will admit to wanting a little more vocal range, character voices and accents. I am glad I listened to this on audio though because of all the pronunciations I know I would have gotten wrong. I did enjoy this book and the narration.

I have seen this book marked as Young Adult but I don’t see that at all this is Urban Fantasy Adult Urban Fantasy. I can see some crossover but I would not put this book in the YA section in the library.

This was the first Urban Fiction (other than Patricia Briggs) I have read in a while so it was a nice escape and I look forward to more in this series!

4 Stars

  • Wedgie & Gizmo

  • By: Suzanne Selfors
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Maxwell Glick
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

When a bouncy, barky dog and an evil genius guinea pig move into the same house, the laughs are nonstop! Wedgie is so excited, he can't stop barking. He LOVES having new siblings and friends to protect. He LOVES guinea pigs like Gizmo! He also LOVES treats! But Gizmo does not want to share his loyal human servant with a rump-sniffing beast! He does not want to live in a pink Barbie Playhouse. Or to be kissed and hugged by the girl human. Gizmo is an evil genius. He wants to take over the world and make all humans feel his wrath.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute story good for a family trip

  • By MissSusie66 on 08-06-18

Cute story good for a family trip

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I’ll be honest I wasn’t sure what to think of this book at first, I thought it skewed younger than middle grade closer to chapter book. However, with that being said Oh my goodness this is a cute book, I would recommend this to your little ones this is a great road trip book the whole family can enjoy.

Johnny Heller aww Johnny is so fabulous as Gizmo the furry potato, Gizmo is determined to take over the world and Heller’s narration is perfection and in all honesty I think I am Gizmo when it comes to how he feels about humans.
Maxwell Glick’s narration of Wedgie is just as fun in a different way Wedgie is so sweet and just wants people to love him and just really wants to be friends with Gizmo but Gizmo thinks he will spoil his plans for world domination.

This is a cute story of a newly blended family where everyone including the animals is trying to find where they fit. Told by the Guinea Pig (but don’t call Gizmo that) and a dog that may be a corgi this story made me laugh out loud especially Johnny Heller’s narration. I highly recommend this one on audio!

4 Stars

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dread Nation

  • By: Justina Ireland
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dead Are Never Lonely

  • By Cynthia on 05-15-18

Post Civil War, Zombies and a bit of Steampunk

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Post Civil War, zombies, a bit of steampunk and a kick ass woman of color lead. What more could you ask for? Well the 2nd book that is what this book will leave you asking for! This book grabbed me from the beginning and did not let go till the end!

This book is a well written apocalyptic zombie story but it is oh so much more, it is about race relations, female empowerment fighting for what you believe in and making your own way. The main character in this book Jane is no nonsense but her sass does tend to get her in hot water. Her schoolmate Katherine is light skinned and could pass if she tried, then we have Jackson who is Jane’s sort of beau sort of ex and he is all sorts of trouble!

The Civil War ended because the dead started walking the killing fields but as much as things change, somethings stay the same and may even get worse especially for the people of color that have now been trained to fight the zombies/shamblers.

Bahni Turpins narration was of course amazing as she always is!

I don’t want to give the whole story away so I will end this review by saying you really should read this book it has so much going for it and I will be 1st in line for book #2!

5 Stars

  • The Romanov Empress

  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

Narrated by the mother of Russia’s last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia’s most compelling women, who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in its final years. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of C.W. Gortner Best!!

  • By Mark Regiec on 07-13-18

Another great story from Gortner

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

Another fabulous read by CW Gortner he once again brings the royals to life, I love that he writes about ones you don’t normally hear about and I really enjoyed learning more about the Empress “Minnie”.
Gortner does not hold back with his feelings for Tsaritsa Alexandra as Minnie is her mother in law they did not get a long at all and Gortner truly makes us feel what Minnie does. This was a different look at the last Tsar, his upbringing and how marrying Alexandra changed the landscape of Russia. Also more about his brothers and sisters than I knew before.

I found Minnie fascinating she really was a great Empress and I feel way ahead of her time if her son would have listened to her who knows how things may have worked out?

Katharine McEwan’s narration was great and she played the emotions very very well!

I have always been fascinated by Russian history so this book grabbed me right away and the 17 hour audiobook flew by and all of a sudden its 1916 and things are going downhill fast! Even though you know how things happen there are still surprises and palace intrigue to keep you interested.

If you are a fan of the Romanovs or historical fiction in general give this one a go you won’t be disappointed!

5 Stars

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jar of Hearts

  • By: Jennifer Hillier
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

When she was 16 years old, Angela Wong - one of the most popular girls in school - disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school. But 14 years later, Angela Wong's remains are discovered in the woods near Geo's childhood home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, captivating book! 5 stars

  • By Katie LeFevre on 09-05-18

Grabs you from the beginning!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

This one grabbed me from the first page and never let me go! This was a great thrill ride that kept me guessing all the way through I thought I had it figured out a few times but even in the reveal I still did not have all the details correct so it was a great surprise!

The main character in this book, Geo, is not a very likable woman but you do get to kind of understand her and why she did the things she did. This is another one of those books where I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to ruin anyone’s initial reading!

January LaVoy’s narration was superb, every person had a voice and emotion or no emotion as the scene called for!

This book is one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year, this is my first book by this author and now I plan on checking out her other books!

5 stars

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bring Me Back

  • A Novel
  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hely, Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,361

Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone - never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is something happening here?

  • By Cassandra on 06-27-18

Slow burn but worth it in the end

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

This one was a very slow burn with a huge wow towards the end. The author did get me with the reveal but I had a hard time getting there. I will admit to almost giving this book up but I am glad I stayed with it to the end. If this book is moving too slow don't give up it was a good if weird story in the end!

Narration by Kevin Hely and Cathleen McCarron both new narrators to me and I thought they both did a really good job their accents weren't too thick and I would be happy to listen to both of these narrators again!

  • The Forgotten Ones

  • A Novel
  • By: Steena Holmes
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 621

Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets. Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story of Past Family Secrets

  • By Wendi on 05-04-18

Family Secrets

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

If you enjoy a book with family secrets, unreliable narrators and a guessing game of what’s true and what isn’t, this book is for you! This was my first book by this author, the writing is excellent, it will definitely not be my last!

This book is hard review because I don’t want to give anything away because the whole premise is secrets. So I will just leave this saying this is a great book and I highly recommend it!!

I listened to this on audio and the narration by Arthur Morey & Angela Dawe was very well done I really thought that Morey's narration as Grandpa really helped me feel for the man! and Dawe had a few More voices to do of the women in the family but both narrations melded nicely.

In other words
Just Read It!

4 ½ Stars