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  • Fangs in Fondant

  • Priscilla Pratt Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Melissa Monroe
  • Narrated by: Cindy Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Priscilla Pratt is 377 years old, give or take a decade. She’s the best baker in Bellmare, Massachusetts, and just wants to continue to lead a quiet life in the quaint and haunted tourist destination. Not even an elaborate, last-minute wedding cake commission - a multi-tiered fondant replica of Dracula’s castle - could be a stake in her side. But when the bride turns up dead hours before the wedding, Priscilla and her pastries are the first to be suspected. Priscilla will have to get to the bottom of this murder, or her business and reputation will be six feet under.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed the story and the narration!

  • By G. Roo on 10-15-18

Different

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I have to admit that at the beginning of the story I stopped listening and read or listened to something else. The book did not capture my attention at all in the beginning. I think it didn't help that the vampire sounded and acted too human. However, as the book progressed and I got to know the characters a little more, I actually liked it. The murderer I did not guess at all, so it was a surprise when we found out who did it. Towards the end of the book I found that I wanted to know what happens next to the characters. I will be looking the rest of the series up.
Saying this I would have liked a bit more suspense or tension. I felt this was missing from the book and it could be why I was not hooked from the beginning.
The narrator was OK but I would have liked a bit more feeling when she voiced the characters.

  • Starter Zone

  • The Revelation Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Chris Pavesic
  • Narrated by: Natalie Heng
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Street gangs rule the cities during the three years since the fall of civilization. Sixteen-year-old Cami and her younger sister Alby struggle to survive. Every drop of untreated water puts their lives in peril. Caught and imprisoned by soldiers who plan to sell them into slavery, Cami will do anything to escape and rescue her sister. Even if it means leaving the real word for a life in the realms, a new game-like reality created by the hydrologists for the chosen few.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a ride

  • By Mandy Buffington on 08-03-18

The Revelation Chronicles

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

At first I thought this was a dystopia from the way the book started but then the character is quickly put into another world where it is completely different to the one she lives in, you might even say better.
This is a different take on Virtual Reality. However, I found that the pace did slow as the main character got into this other world.

  • Hunter

  • By: Heath Stallcup
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Zener
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Born of Viking stock, careered into the Swedish Navy, Sven Ericsson finds himself in the fabled New World. Away from the restraints of society, the young Northman is dragged into long nights of debauchery, nights that lead him into the waiting arms of a dark beauty who will change his very nature forever. Fighting his new unnatural status, Sven steers clear of humanity, skulking along the fringe of society, and filling his inhuman need with the blood of the outcasts or the easily forgotten.  Centuries later, he is forced to emerge from the dark.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FUN VAMPIRE/MONSTER TALE

  • By Victoria Haugen on 10-09-18

Not for me.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I found the book to be predictable not just in plot but characters as well. The narrator is not the best that I have listened to but he is OK like the book. This one is not for me but others might like it more then I did.

  • Dahlia's Shadow

  • Puatera Online, Book 6
  • By: Dawn Chapman, Jess Mountifield
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Barbetta
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Dahlia has spent her entire life in Lila's shadow. Being the quiet twin, Dahlia shied away from sports and never excelled in any of the ways her sister did. Yet, thrown into the glitch-filled world of Puatera, her sister is no longer there to protect her, forcing Dahlia to uncover hidden strengths or be buried by her weakness. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please keep the series going!

  • By TU on 09-11-18

Virtual Reality

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I read the previous book to this so I knew who the two main characters are but I did not like it as much as I did book 5. I think this is more due to the characters then anything else.

  • Lucifer's Star

  • By: C. T. Phipps, Michael Suttkus
  • Narrated by: Eric Burns
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Count Cassius Mass was the greatest star pilot of the Crius Archduchy. He fought fiercely for his cause, only to watch his nation fall to the Commonwealth. It was only after that he realized the side he'd been fighting for was the wrong one. Now a semi-functional navigator on an interstellar freight hauler, he tries to hide who he was and escape his past. Unfortunately, some things refuse to stay buried and he ends up conscripted by the very people who destroyed his homeland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising

  • By erobbins33 on 05-22-17

OK

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

This is not the best scifi that I have read/listened too. I found the main character to be too perfect and unrealistic but other then this it is not a bad book

  • Waking in Time

  • By: Angie Stanton
  • Narrated by: Marie Chambers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Abbi has just arrived at UW Madison for her freshman year. But on her second day, she wakes up to a different world: 1983. That is just the first stop on Abbi's journey backward through time. Will is a charming college freshman from 1927 who travels forward through time. When Abbi and Will meet in the middle, love adds another complication to their lives.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Time Travel

  • By Shoppermom on 08-08-18

Different

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I liked the authors take on time travel, I found it really intriguing and I wondered how she is going to solve the characters problem. There is also a twist towards the end that I did not see coming.

  • Liberty Station

  • The Humanity Unlimited Saga, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Deep in the Guatemalan jungle, buried beneath a forgotten Mayan pyramid, an earth-shattering secret sits waiting. Its discovery will rip apart the illusion that humanity is alone in the universe. Engaged in a life-and-death struggle for the future of mankind, Harry Rogers and Jess Cook are forced to protect this secret from the most despicable foes imaginable. They must race across the globe to complete Liberty Station, the first true interplanetary ship. Only then can they search for the shocking truth behind what they've found. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hybrid Science Fiction

  • By cosmitron on 08-04-18

Liberty Station

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

The narrator is OK but I felt she narrated the book slower then I would have liked. I would have liked some urgency in her voice when things went down hill.
The book itself is fast paced with plenty of action however I felt the author should have spent more time on the background of the society. I found it odd that France was run by ISIS and gangs. Where was the other countires in Europe? It turns out it all started with Iran, Isreal and Saudi Arabia and each sending nuclear weapons at each other. I would like to know where the other countries were. Where was Russia who has their fingers in nearly all the pies and China? The author never even mentioned North Korea. I would have expected world war three if countries started to use nuclear weapons at each other.
I felt that the author did not think this through and it actually put me of the book because it was mentioned a few times and also becasue the characters went to different countries some of the information came to light. I did not understand why the countires where being selfish and not get involved. It is unfortunate but also true that countries do stick their noses in other countries politics and that is never going to change.
The other part of the story I actually liked but unfortunatley for me this stuck more in my head because I felt it was not really realistic.

  • Independence

  • The Holiday Series, Book 4
  • By: Laura Hesse
  • Narrated by: Valerie Mirarchi
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Upon arrival in the interior of British Columbia, Susie realizes that she has just entered the Twilight Zone when she finds her grandparents, eight-year-old step-brother, a massive Irish wolfhound, and two horses waiting on her arrival. The love-struck handsome rancher's son, Andy, who lives next door isn't much better. Does he really think that she is girlfriend material? Better to break his heart now, then later.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely story about horses, love, family....

  • By Victoria Haugen on 10-01-18

Coming of age.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

If you love books that have to do with horses then this is for you. It is about family, responsibility and finding yourself. I really liked this book and I would highly recommend it.

  • The Sorcerer's Quest

  • The Sorcerer's Saga, Book 1
  • By: Rain Oxford
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 299

It's not easy being the youngest of seven sons in a family of notorious sorcerers, especially for Ayden Dracre. In a world where sorcerers only practice dark magic and wizards only practice light magic, Ayden has a problem; he is very bad at being bad. Try as he might, all of his spells to cause mayhem go awry. When he finds out that his family has had enough of his mistakes, he decides to take destiny into his own hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous quest adventure

  • By Karen R. on 05-07-16

Humorous

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

This is more of a funny book with no raw emtions. If you want a book that is not heavy on the brain with a twist to characters we know then this is for you.

  • Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery

  • Adventures of Zelda Richardson, Book 3
  • By: Jennifer S. Alderson
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Art-history student Zelda Richardson is working at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam on an exhibition of bis poles from the Asmat region of Papua - the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1962. When his journal is found inside one of the bis poles, Zelda is tasked with finding out more about the man's last days and his connection to these ritual objects. Join Zelda as she grapples with the anthropologist's mysterious disappearance 50 years earlier and a present-day murderer who will do anything to prevent her from discovering the truth.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cannibals & ritual masks, on my!

  • By DabOfDarkness on 09-26-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I don't really know anything about anthropologist so I found this book really interesting. The author gives us an insight into their lives. I felt like the author knew what she is talking about. She either did her research really well or she is one herself.
I figured out who did it early on but this did not put me off.
There is no sexual content (happens behind closed doors) or profanity. It does have some violence but it is not graphic.