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  • Coalescence

  • Camden Investigations, Book 1
  • By: Gary Starta
  • Narrated by: Ann Simmons
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Iris Camden thought she knew who her family was even if they weren’t always forthcoming. Her half-sister is a medium reeling from the loss of her biological mother. Her estranged father is an obsessed government worker who cannot reveal what he does. When an artifact appears in a ghost-hunting expedition, Iris is the last person who wants to believe in aliens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book 1

  • By trixie on 09-07-18

Paranormal and scifi

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

This for me started of slow but it picked up later on but I found that this narrator did not suit this audiobook. The narrator in my opinion had a monotone voice. I would have liked a bit more feeling and unfortunately this let it down for me. If you can live with the narrator then this is a great audiobook.

  • BEMs: Bug Eyed Monsters: Book Four, the New Frontiers Series

  • By: Jack L Knapp
  • Narrated by: Tom Lennon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

The mysterious species called Flickers are thought to have a base in the outer solar system. A task force is sent to find out. Living in the Kuiper Zone, the Flicker want nothing more than to be left alone. But the solar system belongs to humans. Can the two coexist? Or will history repeat and contact lead to war, as has so often happened in humanity's past?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outside my normal genre

  • By Jan M on 08-22-18

Sci Fi

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I found this to be really slow, I had to stop and listen to other audiobooks. It is an interesting plot but I really did not want to know about the money and what they should cut to save money. The author went into great detail in what they where building and what they got from other countries and what should be stopped. I honestly did not really care. I felt I was listening to someone reciting a text book at times. I can see that the author knew in detail about the space ship and what the company was doing in great detail and the world he build. Ironically enough this made it more realistic.
I love SciFi so this would have been up my street but I found it slow going. It is not for me but others might like it more then I did.

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  • Sweet Sacrifices

  • By: Gloria Davidson Marlow
  • Narrated by: Bob Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

With few clues to go on and a newborn baby in tow, Kendall James sets out on a journey to find her wayward husband. What she finds when she arrives at his family’s estate, however, is a lifetime of secrets that shatter her illusions, put her life in danger, and offer her a love she never expected. When Luke Templeton agrees to marry Kendall and claim his brother’s child as his own, he has no intention of falling in love. Of course, he doesn’t bargain on his uncontrollable attraction to Kendall or his inability to remain indifferent to her tiny son.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Who's Your Daddy?

  • By April H. on 08-23-18

I loved it.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

There are some who did not like this book and I wished that I did not read the negative reviews before I listened to it because I was expecting it to be bad and it slightly put me off but I was surprised to find that I really liked it and the author as well as the narrator had me hooked. I wanted to listen to it in one sitting.
Yes, there are somethings that I found unrealistic in my opinion but then again there are a lot of things in life that people do or say that I find really odd.
This is a romance with a murder mystery, which is full of suspense and tension.
I loved it and others might too.

  • The Memory Tree

  • Carson Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: John A. Heldt
  • Narrated by: Chaz Allen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Days after barely escaping 1889 with their lives, the Carsons, siblings from the present day, resume their search for their missing parents in 1918. While Adam and his pregnant wife, Bridget, settle in Minnesota, unaware of a wildfire that will kill hundreds, Greg seeks clues in his great-grandparents' Mexico, where he finds love, danger, and enemies. At the same time, Natalie, the ambitious journalist, follows a trail to World War I France, and teen twins Cody and Caitlin rekindle a friendship with an old Pennsylvania friend haunted by her past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Memory Tree

  • By Deedra on 10-04-18

I love this series

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I liked book one but I found that I loved the second book more. The author shows us the time they are in by the characters living the history. I have found that not all authors can do this well. I also love the family aspect of this book, it is one of the things I love about this series.
The narrator is great he suited this book and he voiced the characters out well.

  • The Council

  • Witch's Ambitions Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Kayla Krantz
  • Narrated by: Lynn Norris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

The Council is the governing Coven over the Land of Five, a region entirely inhabited and split apart by witches with varying powers. Lilith Lace, a witch thought to be born powerless, happily resides in Ignis, the Coven of Fire, until she suddenly develops telekinesis, an ability only seen in some witches born in Mentis, the Coven of the Mind. When the Council finds out about her odd development, she's taken under their wing and is finally told the truth.... Everything she's learned about the Land of Five, herself included, have been nothing but lies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I find myself looking forward to the next book...

  • By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 09-08-18

This is not for me.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I don't know what it is about this book but it did not grab me. There was a lot of things happening quite quickly into the story but I did not feel anything for the characters. As for the main character, I found her to be odd. She seemed to be mature at times and naive at others, which surprised me and yet I felt no connection to the characters. I gave it three stars because I liked the world she lived.
This book is not for me but others might like it more then I did.

  • Make-Believe Wedding

  • Make-Believe Series, Book 2
  • By: Vivi Holt
  • Narrated by: Amanda Stribling
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Molly Beluga was abandoned at the altar and has no intention of heading back there anytime soon. When she crosses paths with an arrogant fireman, she knows better than to let her heart get involved. She can’t face the idea of having it broken again. A serious journalist working for her family’s newspaper, her only plan is to focus on her career and to train her dog to behave. Tim Holden left the family newspaper to become a fireman with the Atlanta Fire Department. After a lifetime of watching the newspaper business consume his family, he has no time for journalists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, sweet romance!

  • By PATRICIA on 10-12-18

Sweet romance!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I thought this might be similiar to book one but I am glad to say that it is not. I liked the feud between the two families and how the main characters tried to get them together and forget it and make up. It was an interesting journey that the characters took us through. I liked how they told the truth to some but not others and how much they loved their family. My only negative would be the ending. I don't want to say much because I don't want to spoil it but I found it hard to believe but then again what do I know, I have never been in a feud with anyone.

  • Baby Kisses

  • Romance on the Ranch, Book 3
  • By: Verna Clay
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Tooty Townsend bore a child at the age of 16. Now, four years later, she has her hands full raising Harris and trying to make a living. Reclusive author Maxwell Henry, aka Miles Brightman, is looking to hire a personal assistant while in Colorado finishing up his latest suspense thriller. Sarah Tanner, stepmother to Tooty's best friend, Julie, recommended her to the author. Unfortunately, Harris climbed onto the guy's lap at Julie and Jacob's wedding reception and asked him to take him for a ride in his wheelchair. Then he asked him to marry his mommy and become his daddy! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Left me smiling

  • By PattyH on 10-17-18

Different

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

This is a romance with a difference, in that the main female character is 19 and the romantic interest is 38. I liked it because it is different and actually it reflects life a bit more (in the age gap). However, where people with this age gap tend to do it for the money in this case it is to do with love. Also this is set in the late 80s since the main character had to be shown how to use an email.
Another reviewer called this a sweet romance and well I can tell you it is not. There is a sex scene but it is not graphic. There is no violence and I can't remember if there was any profanity.
Some might actually like it. It is not the best that I have read/listened to but I wouldn't mind listen or reading this authors other books.

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  • Greyhound at the Gravesite

  • Pets Reporter Mystery
  • By: Kyla Colby
  • Narrated by: Lane Cannon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Samantha Hodges is ready to get as far away from crime reporting as possible - especially after what happened in Chicago. Writing for the paper in her pets-obsessed hometown will be easy. Except that she’s not really into animals. And her first interviewee turns up dead.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New series it's great.

  • By Suzan on 10-20-18

Cozy Mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I did not know who did it until the end, I think this is due to the fact that there were quite a few suspects as well as other secondary characters. It took me a while to remember who is who. However, there are twist and turns and I liked the idea of the animals, I thought it was interesting.
My one negative for this book, which is why I gave it three stars, is because the author has written this in the third person which is not a bad thing but when she uses the main characters name Samantha a lot in a paragraph it get irritating. Also instead of using he said she did, etc between two people since they are the only two there so we would know who is saying what, the author uses Tom did, Sam said, Tom went, Sam laughed, etc. Not once, that I can remember did the author use he or she to change it a bit. I do believe the book needs editing but other then this it is not a bad book.

As for the narrator, she is not bad but the audiobook like the book also needs editing. One moment the sound was low then next loud, the narrator repeating a few sentences or words and at one moment she even clapped her hand.

  • 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 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

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.