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Lidia Chymkowska

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  • Sick of Murder

  • By: Amelia Morgan
  • Narrated by: Robin Waters
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Meg Walton can't believe her luck. Shortly after her detective boyfriend, Connor Smith, comes down with the flu, a murder occurs in Enchanted Bay. With Connor bedridden, Meg knows that she'll have to catch the killer herself. But it won't be easy. Especially after Meg discovers a crazy secret about one of the suspects that changes the entire case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A very short cozy mystery...

  • By Lidia Chymkowska on 03-18-19

A very short cozy mystery...

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

It's a difficult book to rate for two reasons - one, as it's really short there's no room for character development and two, as it's really short there's no room for complex murder investigation:) and that's the biggest flaw of the story... Meg has three short conversations with three suspects and suddenly, out of the blue, the killer reveals themselves because they feal threatened by her investigation for no apparent reason, really... So it's 2 stars for the murder plot.
On the other hand, the main character is likeable, the "witchy" part of the story is intriguing and has a nice twist to it and the interactions between the characters are believable; I also like the writing style of Ms Morgan's - so it's 4 stars for that side of the book - which makes it 3 stars overall for the story:)
And if you can overlook the suddenness and abruptness of the solution to the murder, it's a very entertaining listen with a bit of humour in it.

Narration by Ms Waters is good, although at times a bit monotonous in narrative parts, but she does various voices well so it makes it easy to distinguish the individual characters. The pace of her reading is also OK, not too fast but not too slow, either. All in all, it's a good interpretation of the story.

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

  • The Strange Land Trilogy

  • The McGunnegal Chronicles, Books 1 to 3
  • By: Ben Anderson
  • Narrated by: Jannie Meisberger
  • Length: 36 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The McGunnegals are all strange, and it has been that way for generations. They are too strong, or too fast, or too smart, and odd things happen when they are around. The neighbors say they are witches or devils, or have been snatched by changelings. Mothers hold their children close when they walk by, fearing they might catch the McGunnegal strangeness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The McGunnegals weave their magic....:)

  • By Lidia Chymkowska on 03-16-19

The McGunnegals weave their magic....:)

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

A few months ago I listened to the fourth part of the series and as I wrote in my review, I loved the story though at first I had a hard time understanding who was who and what their relations were, as there were so many characters to follow. Now that I've had the chance to listen to the first three parts of the McGunnegals' adventures I can say "make sure you don't miss on the books" - they are definitely fun and weave their magic to the point of you never wanting to put them down:)

The overall plot is very complicated and complex, with a lot of subplots in which we follow the adventures of the individual members of the family and their friends and enemies:) Every character has their unique abilities and these skills and magical powers turn out to play important parts in the story. The books are rooted in Irish folklore, so there's a plenitude of magical creatures the McGunnegals meet on their way, and the world building is fantastic, with rich and vivid descriptions of places and creatures inhabiting them. The only fault? Each book ends with a cliffhanger, so you need to read/listen to all four of them to get to know the whole story:) But as it's so much fun following the McGunnegals, you won't regret the time spent on them.

Narration by Ms Meisberger is fantastic. Her interpretation of the story is almost as magical as the books themselves. I especially liked the voices she gave the dwarves - but all of the characters are distinguishable so you'll have no problems recognizing who is who in dialogues. She also reads at a steady pace and slow enough for you to speed the audio up a bit without loosing anything (well, it's over 30 hours of listening, 12 hours a book on average:)).

All in all, it's a book a fan of fantasy should definitely read/listen to:)

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

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  • Espresso

  • A Zion Sawyer Cozy Mystery, Book 3
  • By: M. L. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Tate left the LAPD after his partner Jason died. He didn’t want to discuss the traumatic experience with anyone, but when a former brother in blue arrives in Sequoia, Tate is forced to confront his demons or start running again. Zion has made a home in Sequoia, but her conflict between her past with David and her future with Tate must be reconciled.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Espresso

  • By Jan M on 03-07-19

Another murder in the quiet town of Sequoia...

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

The third book in the series starts quite slow, with Zion and Tate dancing around with their feelings for each other, with Rebekah's unexpected visit and its consequences, and with Logan's personal problems becoming the focal points for about one third through. It's only when Tate's former 'brother in blue' makes an unexpected appearance that the action speeds up and violent incidents start piling up... Cause this time all that is happening now in the quiet town of Sequoia has its roots in Tate's past...

The fact that the pace is not as fast as in the previous two books or that the focal point is more on our favourite characters' personal lives than on the murder case at hand doesn't take away anything from the story. It's as engaging, emotional and entertaining as the other two. You just can't stop listening, you keep your fingers crossed for Zion, Tate and Logan, and you eagerly follow them in their journey to uncover the truth...

Narration by Ms Hazen is impeccable. The pace of her reading is perfect and the voices very well done and matching the personalities of the individual characters. It's a great interpretation of the book.

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

  • The Witch Squad

  • A Witch Squad Cozy Mystery, Book 1
  • By: M.Z. Andrews
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileone
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Nineteen-year-old Mercy Habernackle is a witch gone off the rails. Causing problems with the law in her hometown, she's faced with two options. Go to a correctional institution or get shipped off to witch boarding school, or as her mother prefers to call it, finishing school. Choosing the latter, Mercy's mother, Linda, drives her daughter cross country to the Paranormal Institute for Witches, situated high in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains in cozy Aspen Falls, Pennsylvania.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant narrator

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-16-17

Entertaining witchy murder investigation...:)

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

'The Witch Squad' is a great introduction to a new series of 'paranormal' cozy mysteries - it's fast-paced, intriguing and fun, and it has a group of main characters that will bring a smile to your face more than once:)

Mercy, rather an outcast in her home town, starts over in a new school and right from the start nothing is what she expected it to be; she almost unwillingly makes friends with not only her roommate but also other girls in her year and, even more unexpectedly, they all get involved in a murder investigation. Mercy is also forced to use her powers, which so far has only caused problems for her, and suddenly she becomes the leader of the Witch Squad... and all this within the first week of school:)

The plot is great - it keeps you guessing along with the girls, takes you through some good twists in the murder case and involves some really impressive (and useful:)) magic. It also has a talking cat - which is a nice touch:) Both main and secondary characters are memorable, well-portrayed, yet with enough room to be further developed in the next books in the series.

Narration by Ms Cordileone is almost perfect; the voices are very well done, emotions conveyed clearly and convincingly. It's a very good interpretation of the book:)

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

  • All I Wanted Was a Drink

  • An Aggie Underhill New Year's Day Short Story (An Aggie Underhill Mystery, Book 11)
  • By: Michelle Ann Hollstein
  • Narrated by: Eliza Anders
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Aggie and Betty decide to take a last-minute flight to Las Vegas for a girl's weekend. Since the Christmas holiday had left them exhausted, they thought a mini-vacation was just what they needed. Who knew the flight would be just as exhausting as the Christmas season?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great way to spend a hour.

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 12-04-18

Short but entertaining...:)

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

It's my first meeting with Aggie and I have to tell you she makes a very good first impression;)
The story is very short so there's not much room for character development but from those few short chapters I have a pretty good idea of what kind of person Aggie is and how her mind works... The plot is fairly simple - a murder on board a plane, with just a few clues to go on, but it develops smoothly and logically. There's also quite a bit of humour in the story - Aggie seems to have a healthy distance to herself:)

Narration by Ms Anders is very good, voices well done, and the interpretation of the book perfect.

I'll definitely look for more of AggieUnderhill:)

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

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  • Sharpe Turn

  • Cozy Suburbs Mystery Series, Book 4
  • By: Lisa B. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

When a famous author agrees to teach a writing course at the library, amateur sleuth Deena Sharpe eagerly signs up. But on the second day of class, the author's wife dies in a car crash, and the police suspect foul play. Is it a hoax to teach his students about plotting a murder mystery? Not likely. Deena dives into the investigation when a friend is accused of the crime. With her brother's help, she must clear their friend's name and stay out of trouble with the town's newest detective. As if that weren't enough, it's her husband's birthday and her pushy mother-in-law is coming to town. What's a Southern gal to do?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen

  • By lynda on 12-11-17

Deena as good as ever...:)

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

Installment no. 4 is as good as all the other books in the series:) You just can't have enough of Deena Sharpe, her crazy adventures and murder investigations that somehow just happen to find her, whether she wants them or not:)

This time Deena has to help her brother's friend to prove his innocence - and as usual before we find out who the real killer is we will discover clues, uncover secrets and suspect more than one person only to change our mind with every new piece of evidence or information Deena finds... We'll also smile a lot - Deena has a knack for getting into embarassing situations:)
The plot is really fast, dialogues funny, background characters colourful and sometimes quirky but believable, and the ending as surprising as it should be:)

Narration by Ms Hazen is also as good as in all the other books in the series. The character voices are very well done, diversified and well-matched, and the pace of her reading makes it easy to follow the story. A wonderful interpretation of the book:)

DISCLAIMER: 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

  • Sharpe Shooter: Skeleton in the Closet

  • Cozy Suburbs Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Lisa B. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Deena Sharpe knows nothing about investigating a cold-blooded murder, but when her sweet aunt asks her to find out who killed her son, that’s exactly what Deena agrees to do. Only hitch, he died 50 years earlier, although his body was just discovered in a sheriff’s forgotten evidence closet. To make matters worse, a big-city conspiracy nut is determined to cash in on her family’s misfortune and implicate Deena’s dead cousin in the crime of the century. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deena starts her sleuthing career...:)

  • By Lidia Chymkowska on 03-08-19

Deena starts her sleuthing career...:)

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

This is Deena Sharpe's first murder investigation - and it's really intriguing, engaging and funny:) It's also a wonderful introduction to all the characters that we will meet again in the next books in the series and it sets up mood for them - all murder cases Deena gets involved in are personal matters and hit close to home...

The plot is fast, the leads appear and take us in different directions, there are a few possible suspects, all with plausible motifs for murder and no alibis, and there's Deena - smart, a bit crazy, but warm and loyal to those she considers family and friends, sometimes too loyal for her own good:) She's definitely one of the more likeable amator sleuths in literature:)

Narration by Ms Hazen is as usual very good. The voices are diversified, each perfectly matching the character it is given to; the pace of her reading is just right and the emotions conveyed in a clear, convincing way.

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

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  • The Deadly Dinner Theater Affair

  • By: K. M. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Lili Dubuque
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

When Daisy McDare attends a murder-mystery dinner theater performance, she worries that a real-life death will occur during the show. Is she just being paranoid, or does she have every reason to be concerned?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dinner Theater

  • By PattyH on 02-05-19

Overall it's 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars...

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

It's a very short listen as it's a very short book, but overall it's really entertaining and fun. The plot is fast, Daisy's uneasiness adds a lot of tension to it and the solution of the crime is quite plausible.
Narration by Ms Dubuque is very good although it took me a few minutes to get used to her way of reading. But she has a nice voice and interpretes the book excellently.

The only thing that was really irritating while listening was the "he said/she said" phrase repeated in every conversation far too many times... I'm not a native speaker of English but even I can use more than one verb instead of "said" in dialogues. There is "replied" and "stated" and "answered" and "exclaimed", and "sighed", etc. etc. Ms Morgan creates really good stories, fun and entertainig but that mannerism is something that definitely needs improvement...

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

  • Grey Magic

  • Realm of Smoke & Ashes, Book 1
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Roshina Ratnam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Did real-life witch Raven Kane murder one of her clients? No one appreciates the irony of her situation more than Raven Kane: She’s a burnt-out witch...and that's the least of her problems. Accused of murder, this eccentric hexing-and-texting witch must explore her past lives in order to keep her freedom and find her way back to magic.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I adore strong characters

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 02-10-19

Starts slow but grows on you...

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

It's a kind of book that starts really slow, with no obvious direction it's going to go... but then, when it develops it kind of glues you to the pages, doesn't let go and ends with a blast:)

As I said, the beginning seems a bit slow but it serves as a solid set-up for the rest of the story; it introduces the main characters, explains the world of the book and Raven's relationships to people around her, it also gives us a very detailed description of Raven's personality, with the Voice being her alter ego (a sensible yet humorous one, I'd say:)). When the events start piling up with the murder investigation and the witch hunt at their centre, it all gets unpredictable, dark and unputdownable... I liked the ending of the story a lot - though utterly drastic, it felt very realistic and psychologically believable.

Narration by Ms Ratnam is very good; she reads quite fast, but her reading is clear, the voices recognizable, and there's some nice acting, too. A very good narrator on the whole.

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

  • Ancient Illusions

  • Ancient Secrets, Book 3
  • By: Joanne Pence
  • Narrated by: Tim Paige
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 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

A long-lost diary, a rare book of ghost stories, and unrelenting nightmares combine to send archeologist Michael Rempart on a forbidden journey into the occult and his own past. When Michael returns to his family home after more than a decade-long absence, he is rocked by the emotion and intensity of the memories it awakens. His father is reclusive, secretive, and obsessed with alchemy and its secrets - secrets that Michael possesses. He believes the way to end this sudden onslaught of nightmares is to confront his disturbing past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as book 1, better than book 2:)

  • By Lidia Chymkowska on 02-24-19

Not as good as book 1, better than book 2:)

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

In the third installment of Ancient Secrets we finally meet Michael's father and find out quite a lot about their family secrets.

This time the story takes us to Japan, giving us a chance to learn a few Japanese legends and bits of its culture and heritage. As a background for the story it turns out to be intriguing and more than scary at times.
The plot, however, revolves around Michael's relationship with his father and his father's obsession with the philosopher's stone and gaining immortality. And that's a really scary path to follow... It's dark, full of deceit and hatred...
The plot is fast, definitely faster than in book two. There's also a new female character, much stronger this time, an equal partner for Michael again, maybe not in scholarly terms, but when it comes to character and decision making. There are still some slower parts which may feel a bit lengthy but these are few and far between, luckily.

As a whole, it's a book that keeps you listen on, again very well interpreted by Tim Paige, who does male voices excellently, doesn't overdo female ones and keeps the tension in narrative parts at the right level:)

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