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  • Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds

  • Orville Wellington Mouse, Volume 1
  • By: Tom Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Orville Wellington Mouse's life takes an unexpected turn when he learns his best friend, Sophia Mouse, is not only from another planet, but is also a member of the Shapers Guild, a group of powerful mice who are able to convert their thoughts into physical objects. When Orville notices a group of seven glowbirds exhibiting rather extraordinary behavior, he and Sophia attempt to uncover the origin of the unusual birds but soon find themselves enmeshed in a fiendish plot to embroil Symoca in a horrific war. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story for the young at heart

  • By Joliet Jill on 08-09-18

A book about friendship, fun and life

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

In Orville's world, everything works best when you listen to your inner voice. He starts by dreaming of juicy oranges and ends up as someone stronger, kinder and more understanding, all the while having tremendous fun with his best friend Sophia (who is a bit of a know-it-all, but in a good way) and a huge Rabbiton Proto (who is somehow a fan of dangerous beasts with poisonous fangs).

There are several complex spiritual (or metaphysical) concepts explained nicely in this book. How it's not about the goal, but the road to it, how we are all one, that everything happens for a reason... and many more. Yet the book is not preachy. It has a nice easy flow to it. And there are giant carnivorous centipedes!

If you want to start a conversation on spirituality, morality and ethics with your kiddo, this might be a nice book to spur it. I'm very curious to know what my own kiddo will take from this book when he grows a bit.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you so much, Tom!

  • Heart of the Fae

  • The Otherworld, Book 1
  • By: Emma Hamm
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Waring
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

A plague sweeps across the emerald hills of Ui Neiill, leaving a young midwife's father with months to live. To save her people, Sorcha makes a deal with a dangerous Fae. She must travel across the sea, through merrow and kelpie lands, to find a forgotten king on a crumbling throne. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • <Insert stone pun here>

  • By Luke on 06-15-18

Enchanting, uplifting, just lovely!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I'm giving this book 5 stars for everything. 5 stars for retelling of a classic story that really stands out, 5 stars for Siobhan's magical soothing voice and 5 stars for making me swear at the end - because I forgot that this is only the first part!

This story is set in a wild, magical and dangerous world, and yet it remains positive. It makes you believe in the good in all of us. I love that. I fell in love with Sorcha and Eammon, but also a whole host of the supporting characters, too. There's no hope for me, I will have to get the sequel.

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

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  • Time Is Irreverent

  • By: Marty Essen
  • Narrated by: Michael Fell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

What if you could make a change to history that would eliminate the Spanish Inquisition, American slavery, World War II, global warming, and an egomaniacal US president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences? What if that change also made the United States and five billion people poof from existence? Would you do it? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun Science Fiction Adventure.

  • By cosmitron on 06-07-18

Lighthearted fun

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This story is a political and social commentary of our present wrapped in an adventure. Don't worry about our bleak prospects though, a team of colorful and easy-going extraterrestrials are here to help our hero change the future! Travel blogger Marty has a great time, finally finds women he can relate to... and there are dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are rad!

It's a charming book that will make you root for Marty and his friends. If you're not a firm denier of global warming, this book should keep a smirk on your face throughout, as it did on mine. Narrator is pretty good, too. Give it a read :)


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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anselm

  • A Metamorphosis
  • By: Florence Byham Weinberg
  • Narrated by: Richard Rieman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Christians believe the spirit survives the body. The philosopher Rene Descartes equated mind and spirit and tried to prove them totally separable from the body. Are they? Cocky young Professor Eric Behrens curses the world and wishes he were someone, anyone, else. He trips, is knocked out, and wakes in the body of a middle-aged, overweight Benedictine monk with a severe heart defect. He must survive in an alien environment and in a defective body, while trying to "go home again".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing read

  • By korinka on 05-25-18

Intriguing read

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

This is one of those stories that stay with you. The exploration of what happens if you wake up in someone else's body has been done many times, but I haven't encountered it in such a depth as in this story before. I also found it to be really engrossing and action-filled, which I haven't anticipated.

The narrator isn't one of my favorites, but he does a good job with Eric / Anselm.

Give this a listen, it's a good one!



My heartfelt thanks to the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook via Audiobook Boom at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.

  • Cyclops Road

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Evan Portin is at a sad, scary place in his life. While taking a long walk to compose himself and figure out where to go from here, he encounters a young woman being mugged in a park. When he tries to intervene, he discovers that she doesn't need his help. At all. Her name is Harriett. She is very, very good at defending herself. Everything she owns is in a large backpack. She's never seen a cell phone. She's never been in a car. She's never really ventured into the outside world. And she says she's traveling across the country to slay a Cyclops. She's crazy, right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING!!!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 04-11-17

So out there, but so good!

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

This story seems like Jeff Strand made a bet with someone that he can write a high fantasy in a modern setting and while half-unbelievable, he can still make the reader care. And in my eyes, he won :)

The story has a heroine with the "predestination" trope, the characters go on a quest and find members of their fellowship... in the local D&D group, for example :) It is so hilariously "out there" , that it made me shake my head while smirking constantly. But it also made me care deeply. It's the characters, you see. They are full of emotion, they grow within the story and they grow on you.

Grab this book, it's a good one.


My heartfelt thanks to the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook via Audiobook Boom at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.

  • Amaretto Amber

  • Franki Amato Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Traci Andrighetti
  • Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Private investigator Franki Amato has just turned 30, and she feels anything but festive. To add insult to birthday injury, she has to investigate a surreal strip club homicide - with her 60ish ex-stripper landlady. Adding to her troubles, she has to figure out what a missing amber pendant and a mysterious amaretto bottle have to do with the murder, not to mention why she's being followed. When a second dancer goes down and a third is threatened, Franki turns to a weird witch to crack the case and cancel a curse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better with this narrator!

  • By Jan on 07-08-17

Colorful fun

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

As usual, things start to go wrong for Franki the moment this story starts, and then get only worse! She is thirty (which feels like a disaster for some ladies, I hear), her boyfriend is losing his job, and she has to investigate a strip club murder while her highly religious mum and nonna are in town. Hilarious moments with stolen lemons ensue :)

There were more characters this time in this nice cozy mystery, but especially the Amato ladies surprised me with their spunk. Bradley got some great moments in this story too. And as always, the lady narrator did a great job bringing them to life.


My heartfelt thanks to the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook via Audiobook Boom at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.

  • For Deader or Worse

  • John Pickett Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

After a modest wedding ceremony, Bow Street Runner John Pickett and his bride, Julia, the former Lady Fieldhurst, set out for a wedding trip to Somersetshire, where Pickett must face his greatest challenge yet: meeting his in-laws. Sir Thaddeus and Lady Runyon are shocked at their daughter’s hasty remarriage - and appalled by her choice of a second husband. Pickett, for his part, is surprised to learn that Julia once had an elder sister: Claudia, Lady Buckleigh, who disappeared 13 years earlier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better and Better!

  • By Jan M on 04-17-18

Enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

After listening to several John Pickett mysteries I came expecting great fun this time again. I was not disappointed. In this book, poor Pickett needs to handle a mystery AND his new in-laws steeped in propriety. Julia's mother was particularly fun to read. The mystery here was a tad predictable, but I don't mind that at all, because what I come to Sheri Cobb South for is the regency setting and banter - and by this time, many of my favorite characters. Joel Froomkin totally gives them life with his performance and accents. He's becoming one of my favorite narrators :)


I thank the author for providing me with a free review copy of this audiobook via Audiobook Boom. It was a pleasure!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twisted Faith

  • Faith, Book 2
  • By: Victoria Schwimley
  • Narrated by: Conner Goff, Kelley Mack
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

Abby Stein is young, smart, and obedient. But even obedient girls can make a mistake once in a while. While most girls learn a lesson and move on, Abby isn't allowed to do that. When a poor choice at a party leaves Abby pregnant and alone, her overly religious parents and church community will make her life so miserable that she's forced to consider suicide as her only way out. With nowhere else to turn, Abby makes a desperate call from the parking lot of New Hope Christian Church. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • rookie reviewer

  • By wranglerfever on 05-26-18

Vivid and stirring

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I was horrified, but it was worth it! Victoria really knows how to make an emotional impact. The characters in this book are (unfortunately) believable to the point that I wanted to physically hurt some of them! You see, I was listening while nursing my 5 week old baby and so the story of a young mother without proper support clashing with some twisted views just got under my skin! I am so unbelievably lucky to have loving people in my life helping me through motherhood (even though I'm not as young as Abby).

For me, this is a story of how some people use the Bible to excuse their horrible behaviour, but also a story of help being offered to a young girl from sometimes the most unlikely places. I also loved how Victoria gave us a nice side-story about pastor David's parishioners. The very believable descriptions of the not-so-pretty practices and behaviours in this book actually remind me of crime shows like Criminal Minds. Hi-five to the narrators, who did a splendid job. Kelley gives Abby's view lots of emotional depth and Conner's voice is soothing.

You don't have to be of any particular faith to read this book, but do read it. This kind of thing might happen in your neighbourhood too, and you may be someone's lifeline.

I would like to thank the author for providing me this audiobook at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.

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  • Mail Order Mishap

  • Kansas Brides, Book 1
  • By: Barbara Goss
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Amber Wakefield travels to Hunter's Grove, Kansas to meet her intended and walks into a very unwelcoming atmosphere. Charles Turner, her intended, seems cool and aloof, and his brother Garrett - downright rude. She wants nothing more than to rush back to Virginia, until Edna Smith, her chaperone, falls ill, and she's forced to stay. She knows Charles harbors a secret, and she isn't sure whether Garrett is her hero or her enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising and at times shocking

  • By Cyn on 09-02-17

Uuuu, nice plot twist!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

I've read some mail-order bride romances before, and none has launched into this particular plot niche yet, so I'm very satisfied I got to listen to Mail Order Mishap.

That being said... this book feels like a screenplay to me. Barbara doesn't go as deep in the character's internal struggles and reasoning as I'd love her to. She leaves many things unsaid. If this was a movie, actors would flesh out the story with their body language, but for now we just have our narrator Meghan Kelly. She helps to smooth the rough edges, but I'd so love Barbara to give this book a second edit - because the story is totally worth it.

Ah well, don't listen to my spoiled-bookworm rant, just go and enjoy this short and sweet story!


I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • Pound of Flesh

  • The Half-Demon Warlock, Volume 1
  • By: J. A. Cipriano, Conner Kressley
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

My name is Roy Morgan, and I'm not your average Atlanta cop. For one, most of them don't have to kill people to stay alive. I do. It's a half-demon thing. Yep, that's right, half-demon. It's awesome, especially since I'm half-warlock too, and those two sides don't much get along. Still, that and a buck will get you a candy bar. So it's all good. Or at least it was. See, I had this dumb idea to stop a robbery in progress and have myself a snack. Turns out these weren't your run of the mill robbers. No, these were demonic slavers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fans of Quincy Harker have a new friend

  • By Mary Karowski on 03-27-17

Warlock-demon? Why not!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

If you could sum up Pound of Flesh in three words, what would they be?

Dresden meets the Iron Druid. Wait, that's five words :D

What other book might you compare Pound of Flesh to and why?

Jim Butcher's Dresden is like an older cousin to this guy. All the elements are there - tall, dark, internal struggle, helping innocents... there are demons, fairies and vampires too. Except our hero Ray is a cop. And he devours bad guys (literally). And has an imp called GARY. That's a promise of marvellous comic relief right there. Of COURSE I'm going to read that!

What about James Foster’s performance did you like?

I like performances that are not mere "reading". Here, you can feel James took time to get to know the characters and story. It shines through. Also, his narration has a pleasant flow. He's just very easy to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

What moved me? Ray's actions when Ray and Gary were falling off the building. Go read the book and you'll find out what I'm on about :)

Any additional comments?

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful