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  • A Brazen Curiosity: A Regency Cozy

  • Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Messina
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Twenty-six-year-old Beatrice Hyde-Clare is far too shy to investigate the suspicious death of a fellow guest in the Lake District. A spinster who lives on the sufferance of her relatives, she would certainly not presume to search the rooms of her host's son and his friend looking for evidence. Reared in the twin virtues of deference and docility, she would absolutely never think to question the imperious Duke of Kesgrave about anything, let alone how he chose to represent the incident to the local constable. And yet that's exactly what she does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute treasure!!!

  • By Dee on 12-07-18

It left me with a smile

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

This story is absolutely delightful. The mystery isn't too complicated, the regency setting is well researched (I appreciate nice historic details) and characters are distinctive and funny. I especially like how the investigation changed Beatrice.

Jill Smith was a wonderful choice to read this book. Her narration is flawless. Great listen.

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Port Fee: A Storm Ketchum Adventure

  • By: Garrett Dennis
  • Narrated by: Ward Paxton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Underwater, everybody can hear you scream, but they can't tell where you are.... Ketch is at it again in the magical Outer Banks of North Carolina, in this new adventure from the author of Port Starbird and Port of Refuge. It's a picture-perfect summer afternoon on a pristine beach near a ghost seaport on an uninhabited island. What could go wrong? But things do, when two bodies wash ashore and Ketch stumbles upon clues that lead to the sunken treasure of an old-time buccaneer off Portsmouth Island.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Combines mystery, history, and action

  • By Kayceen on 02-12-17

Nice mystery with a dash of the supernatural

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I listened to The Port Fee out of order, and it would have definitely helped to listen to the previous books before. It was an enjoyable mystery anyway. I especially liked the mysterious lady talking with the kids. Ketch is a likeable character and Ward Paxton is a great narrator, so I can see myself getting hold of the other books too. Gotta Google Earth Outer Banks now. It seems like a lovely place.

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.

  • Wanderlust

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Grace Grant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,299

They say Paris is always a good idea.... You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can't even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let's not even mention how I'll ever make it through a day at my new office. Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he's charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-09-18

Didn't believe in the characters

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I will listen to anything Richard Armitage narrates, even if it was the English to Chinese dictionary, not because he is my favourite actor, but because he is a crazy good narrator. But this story just didn't work for me. I love romances, but I couldn't finish this one - despite Richard narrating a half of it. I just couldn't for the life of me get invested in the characters. Also, I find the idea of two narrators great, only they need to be on a similar skill level :)

  • The Magic Shop

  • By: Justin Swapp
  • Narrated by: Steve Barnes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Marcus and his twin sister, Ellie, live in the loft above their grandparents' magic shop - the one all the rumors are about. Soon the children are thrown into a world that they never knew existed. Not only is the family business a front, but Marcus learns that he has been marked as a dead man from the time he was born.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting story with some rough edges.

  • By Dingo 883 on 01-11-18

More intense than I expected.

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Aaaargh, Marcus is so hot-headed I want to poke him sometimes! He blunders into things willy-nilly...but it does move the plot and raises the stakes a lot. This book surprised me by how thrilling the action was. Almost made me worried :) Also, Steve Barnes is incredible. He's basically a full cast by himself.

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mystery Loves Company

  • John Pickett Mysteries, Volume 7
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel L Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 74

Returning to London after his honeymoon (For Deader or Worse), Bow Street Runner John Pickett soon discovers wedded bliss is not without its pitfalls, as he finds it galling to be financially dependent on Julia, his aristocratic bride. When he is summoned to the home of Lady Washbourn, Pickett finds he has something in common with the young countess: like himself, Lady Washbourn has married above her station and now finds herself adrift in a world to which she does not truly belong. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marriage can Mean Murder

  • By Avid Audio Listener on 08-19-18

Delightful mystery, superb narration.

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

If you love historical romance, the Regency era and cozy detective stories, you need to read John Pickett Mysteries. The plot twist in this one surprised even myself. And Pickett got himself into a tangle in his relationship with Julia again, poor sod. He always does. I don't know what he would do without the sage advice from his magistrate :)

I'm such a fan of Joel Froomkin's narration. Can he please read the telephone directory for me? Or even better, some more Pickett stories? Thanks!

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

  • Veins of Magic

  • Otherworld
  • By: Emma Hamm
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Waring
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Heartache dogs the steps of Sorcha of Ui Neill. Although she is home with her family, she is unable to shake the memories of her time in Hy-brasil. She heals with a heavy heart, tells stories with melancholy words, and cannot forget the magic of the Otherworld. When an opportunity arises to return to her beloved Fae Prince, she makes a questionable deal. Dark magic, druidic curses, and a witch open a portal and send her tumbling into the middle of a war she must end for the sake of all who dwell in the Otherworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely best read of the Summer!

  • By Emily on 10-12-18

Way more than Beauty and the Beast

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Don't trust those blurbs that tell you this is like Beauty and the Beast meets Irish mythology. This story is SO much more. It started similar enough in the first book, but now it bloomed into a very rich and enchanting tale. I'm so glad I could listen to it. And it's still not the end, which is great, because Emma got me invested in many characters besides the hero and heroine, and I want to know their stories as well.
Great book. It broke my heart, then mended it and satisfied (some of) my curiosity. Siobhan is an awesome narrator and fits this book perfectly.

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

  • Love in Lead

  • Seven Brides of South Dakota, Book 3
  • By: Kari Trumbo
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Eva Arnsby can’t stay indoors, her need to draw the woodland creatures around her home near Lead, South Dakota gets her in a heap of trouble. And none more troublesome than a shadowy stranger who steals her notebook and her spirit. Ranger, Captain George Roth, is suspicious when he finds a small woman in man’s trousers sneaking around in the woods. Determined to discover the woman’s secrets, he takes on an assignment, ready to investigate her under the guise of a harmless town dandy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Follow the flower.

  • By Sherry k on 11-08-18

Very pleasant listening

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I like me some nice romance now and then, and this one hit the spot. Besides the romance between Eva and captain Roth, this story delved into the relationship with Native Americans and incorporated their customs, and I think that was done admirably.
I have not read the other books in this series, but trust me, after this one, I want to. I would especially love to know how Eva's sister Francis (an avid romance novel reader) will find her love. I can foresee there will be some interesting complications :)

Meghan Kelly's voice is hard for me to describe, but it works very well for male characters. I enjoyed her narration.

I have received this audiobook free of charge for a review from the authoress herself. Thank you, Kari!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

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 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Time Is Irreverent

  • By: Marty Essen
  • Narrated by: Michael Fell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

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