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  • Wine of Violence

  • The Medieval Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Priscilla Royal
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Late summer, 1270. Although the Simon de Montfort rebellion is over, the smell of death still hangs over the land. In the small priory of Tyndal, the monks and nuns of the Order of Fontevraud long for a return to routine. Their hopes are dashed, however, when the young and inexperienced Eleanor of Wynethorpe is appointed their new prioress. Only a day after her arrival, a brutally murdered monk is found in the cloister gardens, and Brother Thomas, a young priest with a troubled past, arrives to bring her a more personal grief.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • If you're not into sodomy, this book's not for you

  • By misskris on 06-15-18

I’m looking forward to next book!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

This was an excellent mystery set in medieval times. There is a murderer on the loose and attacking those in a religious priory of nuns and monks. It covers the historical place of educated women and the power they could have within a religious order. The struggle of a patriarchal hierarchy and the seeking of political power. The class systems of the world and the history of hospitals and growing medical knowledge help to unravel the murder of gentle old monk.
I highly recommend this book. I was impressed by the amount of medieval, social and church history woven throughout this story. I’m downloading the next book today.

I was given a free copy of this book in lieu of an honest review. I honestly enjoyed this book!

  • Blood Borne: Cathedral Chronicles 3

  • By: E.M.G. Wixley
  • Narrated by: Clive Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

After centuries of lying buried, a dark and dangerous book is unearthed. It holds great powers and secrets. Now in the hands of evil, its voice threatens to transform time, space, and human existence. A battle between the dark forces of hell and the light of heaven shakes the universe. The living book has a metamorphic effect on Emperor Oswald, changing him from a man into a demonic beast. Meanwhile, humankind, ravaged by war and weakened by disease, is forced to yield to his fearful rule. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It’s the End of the World as We Know It

  • By Lilydawn on 02-19-19

It’s the End of the World as We Know It

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

The narration of this book was excellent. There is so much to this post apocalyptic series that is fantastical. The ultimate battle of good vs evil, the invasion of aliens and humans some with supernatural powers can be dark fantasy at times. This book is not simplistic though.
I do recommend it if you enjoy this genre. It is part of series so it will not be tied up by the end.

I was given a copy of this audiobook in lieu of an honest review.

  • Miracle and Phoenix

  • By: Christopher York
  • Narrated by: Christopher York
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Beginning with a miraculous birth during the tragedies of 9/11, Miracle Easton Adams recounts the tribulations of growing up in contemporary small-town America and his mysterious connection with his brilliant and relentlessly audacious twin sister, Phoenix. A magnet for unexplainable events, Phoenix (or Fee, as she is called) spins their lives like a hurricane through one outrageous incident after another. When Fee discovers her own astonishing power over death, along with the lethal consequences it demands, the twins are thrust into a life of secrets and unimaginable sacrifice.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow awesome narrator&author 6star story Wow

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-20-18

A Fascinating Tale

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

This was a great story of 2 children born on 9/11. Fraternal twins who have a fascinating connection. The love of family and themes of death and mystical connections wind through. We're taken through what is extraordinary lives in the ordinary world. I really enjoyed (even laughed at loud) the interactions of this family as the kids go from preteens throughout their teen into young adult years. I think this is a very good book and do recommend it.

I was given a copy of this audiobook in lieu of giving an honest review.

  • The Fat Man Gets Out of Bed

  • Collected Shorter Stories
  • By: Michael Lynes
  • Narrated by: David Bosco
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 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

Featuring 13 new stories by the award-winning author of There Is a Reaper, this wide-ranging collection is about fathers and sons, gods and demigods, and other assorted beings both macabre and sublime.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Anthology

  • By Teresa on 02-12-19

each story was unique

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

This narrator really leant a lot to the various stories. It was more of a theatrical performance which only added to the occasionally tense stories. The stories were diverse, sci-fi, philosophical and at times humorous. Mostly they had you thinking. This would be best read one story at time with time to think about it in between.

I highly recommend this book.

I was given a copy of this audiobook in lieu of giving an honest review.

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  • No Pity in Death

  • An Annie Collins Mystery
  • By: Helen Starbuck
  • Narrated by: Suzanne T. Fortin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Struggling to put her life back together after almost being murdered, OR nurse Annie Collins agrees to help homicide Detective Alex Frost investigate a troubling number of patient deaths in the ICU step-down unit at her hospital. The deaths are not unexpected, but Annie and Frost wonder whether someone is helping patients die. Assistant district attorney Angel Cisneros, Annie’s close friend and neighbor, worries about her involvement with Frost’s investigation and about her well-being after all she’s been through. His worry escalates after a person from her past contacts her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Medical and Legal Mischief — RX for Mahem

  • By Cynthia Piller on 02-18-19

really enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Told in a more conversational tone this psychological medical thriller really kept my interest. The backstory was disconcerting enough to set up the broody/moody personality that can make you either be completely annoyed or concerned for Annie Collins. As the characters develop it turns to genuine concern for this very salt of the earth woman. There are some good medical scenarios and procedures. I really ended up setting the sleep timer, then setting it again and again. I got sucked in---I recommend this book. The narrator had very little distinction between characters. She's not completely flat or monotone but the lack of distinction would have been me confused and rewinding to follow story. I still recommend this book because the story and authors style is worth it.


I was given a free copy of this audiobook in lieu of giving an honest review.

  • Verses for the Dead

  • A Pendergast Novel
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704

After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, A. X. L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner. Pendergast and his new teammate, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to Miami Beach, where a rash of killings by a bloodthirsty psychopath are distinguished by a confounding M.O.: cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them - along with cryptic handwritten letters - at local gravestones, unconnected save in one bizarre way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Absorbing Pendergast novel...

  • By shelley on 01-01-19

Pendergast at his Best

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

I am just amazed after reading Pendergast novels for DECADES that Preston Child can still breathe new life and introduce characters so rich that I feel invested in them. This book set primarily in Miami actually made me begin to sweat in the dead of winter here in NJ. I’m actually greedy for the next Pendergast novel.
I really liked Cold Moon and hope he will be included in future projects. You should read the Pendergast novels in order but do feel you may be able to read this one as a stand-alone. The twists and turns, the story arc, was Pendergast at his best! I highly recommend this book!

  • Unquiet Dead

  • Chiaroscuro Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Chris Pavesic
  • Narrated by: Penny Scott-Andrews
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 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

When the Temples north of Chiaroscuro are burned and followers of the Sun Goddess are murdered, Catherine, a bard of the Ealdoth Temple, sets out to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. With only the help of a traveling group of minstrels and a retired fae investigator, Catherine must solve the mystery before more people are killed.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different Sci-Fi Mystery

  • By Charles A.P. Wetherington on 12-07-18

A Fascinating Mash-up

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

I can't believe a book was written that took all my favorite genres.....it's like a Fandom Mash-up!

The story line, the mixing of the Fae (Seelie Court), Steam punk and undead, and Goddeses had my head swimming. It's an excellent first book of a series and I can't wait to see where it goes. I don't feel like the author telegraphed the next few books and I'm grateful for that. I think the book was shorter but that works fine in a series. It's not a stand alone book so be prepared to follow this story for a couple of more books at least.

The narration is EXCELLENT. I'm thinking of adding this narrator to my list.

I was given a copy of this audible book in lieu of an honest review.

  • The Lying Game

  • A Novel
  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,455
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,449

On a cool June morning, Isa Wilde, a resident of the seemingly idyllic coastal village of Salten, is walking her dog along a tidal estuary. Before she can stop him, Isa's dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick - and to her horror, Isa discovers it's not a stick at all...but a human bone. As her three best friends from childhood converge in Salten to comfort a seriously shaken-up Isa, terrifying discoveries are made, and their collective history slowly unravels.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • REALLY LET DOWN, I'm not gonna lie! (No spoilers)

  • By Very disappointed on 07-27-17

Teenagers Lie

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Well everyone lies at some point in their life for many different reasons. The Lying Game has bound some young women together since boarding school. The game where teen girls in their slightly rebellious nature play a game where they practice lying to one another and adults in their crosshairs.

The grown women are complex and interesting on somany levels....... are they still playing the game?

Ruth Ware is my newest "I didn't see that coming" mystery author. I have read all her books and have not even once been dissappointed.

I'm recommending this book due to the great story, full and rich women characters and EXCELLENT narration.

  • The Fatal Tree

  • Bright Empires, Book 5
  • By: Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

It started with small, seemingly insignificant wrinkles in time: A busy bridge suddenly disappears, spilling cars into the sea. A beast from another realm roams modern streets. Napoleon’s army appears in 1930s Damascus ready for battle. But that’s only the beginning as entire realities collide and collapse. The questors are spread throughout the universe. Mina is stuck on a plain of solid ice, her only companion an angry cave lion. Tony and Gianni are monitoring the cataclysmic reversal of the cosmic expansion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So much potential, so little delivery

  • By Christopher on 08-26-16

Ever feel like....

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Ever feel like after reading 4 EXCELLENT books that you get to last one and scratch your head?

I think Stephen Lawhead is one of the best authors I follow. I have read every single book and series that he has written for over 35 years. I feel like after reading the other books in the series that this "finale" has left me thinking "did I miss a book?". I'm conflicted because I really highly recommend this series and don't know want anyone to read this review and miss out.

So if you have read the other books, please know the all the loose threads are tied together. There are some surprises. It is definitely worth your time to finish the series. Don't attempt to read these out of order or as stand alone novels.

I highly recommend this series and look forward to reading Stephen Lawhead's next books.

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  • The Last Moriarty

  • A Sherlock Holmes Thriller
  • By: Charles Veley
  • Narrated by: Jacob Thompson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

A lovely young American actress from the D'Oyly Carte Opera Troupe comes to 221B Baker Street on a cold November morning, desperately seeking assistance from Sherlock Holmes. Inexplicably, Holmes agrees to help, even though the Prime Minister of England and his cabinet need Holmes to solve a murder case that could threaten a high-stakes meeting with John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan. The clock is ticking. Holmes will need all his physical and deductive powers to preserve innocent lives and prevent political and economic chaos on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost an audioplay

  • By Matthew B. Goode on 06-02-14

Sherlock Holmes may not approve

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Sherlock Holmes may not approve of us revisiting his tales and retelling even more of them but I certainly do.

This grew into a series that Charles Veley co wrote with his daughter about Sherlock Holmes and his grown daughter and no her name isn't Watson.

I really enjoyed the entire Series. But this book really captured my imagination. The attention to detail was pristine. The amount of research that went into this book and the others has to be a full-time job in itself.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery and/ or all things "Holmes".