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  • Last Wolf Standing

  • By: Rhyannon Byrd
  • Narrated by: Clarissa Knightly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

That a woman who was his perfect match even existed. And that he'd find her in a bustling café. Yet just the scent of sweet, mortal Torrance Watson ignited a driving, explosive need to claim her that he knew his pack would never sanction. Worse, the rogue werewolf he'd been hunting had sensed that attraction and made Torry his prey. Forced to safeguard her from this ruthless assassin, who already posed a threat to his pack, Mason now faced the ultimate challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By frances shelton on 08-16-18

Series has some potential

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

I spent a lot of time listening to this book and this it was a little “cheesy” but I was having a very stressful time at work so it was actually just what I needed to relax on my commute home. That in itself probably saved it a star along with the fact that the supporting characters seem to be more intriguing than the two main ones.

The universe and setting the author created were very good and I like the mythology around the wolves and how the hierarchy of the pack works. The other bloodrunners were immediately likeable and is the only that kept me going during some points in the book. The two main characters were just okay and I’m good with that but I didn’t really feel like I was invested in their relationship.

My biggest issue was the conflict and bad guy. I thought he was a little lame and was really getting worn out waiting for it to all be over. I just didn’t see why Mason didn’t end it sooner. I also had an issue with the blood bond – it gave the story a twinge of ickiness. The two characters are chosen life mates and the whole love thing seems to be just a side note so it was hard to decide if Torrance and Mason were actually in love or just bonded.

I will be continuing the series as I am interested in seeing how the other bloodrunner’s stories go. The author did create a unique, diverse of characters among the bloodrunners.

  • Phantom Evil

  • By: Heather Graham
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 902

A secret government unit is formed under the oversight of Adam Harrison, famed paranormal investigator. The case: In a historic mansion in New Orleans’ French Quarter, a senator’s wife falls to her death from a balcony. Most think she jumped, distraught over the loss of her young son. Some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits that inhabit the house - once the site of a serial killer’s grisly work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surpisingly good!!

  • By Shirley on 05-19-13

Surprisingly Good

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I love it when a book pleasantly surprises and this book did it. I enjoyed all the characters in the team of Krewe Hunters and also enjoyed the mystery and how the author brought it all together in the end. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one and I am glad the author focused on both the paranormal and human side of the world are team gets involved in.

The mystery is great and had plenty twists along the way to keep the listener wondering just how convoluted and tied together all the characters are. I loved the diversity of the team members and they each brought something special into the story.

My one complaint was I wanted to learn my about each member of the team and this book was mainly focused on Jackson and Angela. I am hoping to learn more about each team member as the series continues.

The narrator was really good and I was excited to get back to the story each time. Look forward to the next book in the series.

  • Bluegrass State of Mind

  • Bluegrass, Book 1
  • By: Kathleen Brooks
  • Narrated by: Eric Dove
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,019

McKenna Mason, a New York City attorney with a love of all things Prada, is on the run from a group of powerful, dangerous men. McKenna turns to a teenage crush, Will Ashton, for help in starting a new life in beautiful horse country. She finds that Will is now a handsome, successful race horse farm owner. As the old flame is ignited, complications are aplenty in the form of a nasty ex-wife, an ex-boyfriend intent on killing her, and a feisty race horse who refuses to race without a kiss. Can Will and McKenna cross the finish line together, and more importantly, alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG FANTASTIC book

  • By Ginny LaMere on 06-10-13

Saved by the supporting characters

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

Wow – I couldn’t have finished this book if all the characters had been like Kenna and Will. Kenna is apparently an undercover brilliant, beautiful genius because everyone bows down to kiss her ass. Will is about as dull as they come for a love interest and doesn’t take up much space in the book. And like other reviewers this book is a hot mess but I adored the supporting characters and quirky little town more than other folks.

The supporting characters totally saved this book from a 2-star review for me. I loved Mo, Paige and the Rose sisters. The author did a good job of creating a unique little community. I honestly am glad the other books are about other characters because it gives me hope for the series.

The story itself isn’t bad but Kenna is in a very difficult position and the author ties it up a little nicely while also giving us a cliffhanger. I’m not a big fan of cliffhangers because of the length of time I take between books in series.

The narrator was okay except I felt like some one was reading a book to me and not part of the story.

  • Heat Lightning

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,869

Flowers is only in his late 30's, but he's been around the block a few times, and he doesn't think much can surprise him anymore. He's wrong. It's a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, and Flowers is in bed with one of his ex-wives (the second one , if you're keeping count ) when the phone rings. It's Lucas Davenport. There's a body in Stillwater, two shots to the head, found near a veterans' memorial. And the victim has a lemon in his mouth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of John Sandfords best

  • By James Hilton on 08-17-10

It felt good to be back in Virgil’s world

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

The solution in this story was fairly intuitive for the reader to pick up on but the author kept interested as we experienced Virgil reaching the same conclusions. I also liked a lot of the side characters in the story. The Red Lake police guys, Raines and some of the other supporting characters were good.

What I liked the most about the book was that the mystery and story setting was so different from the first one but yet I felt Virgil was still true to the character introduced in the first book. His chemistry with the Lucas, Sally and the other characters came through really well. He is just a likable guy.

My biggest complaint is that this story does involve quite a bit of Lucas and I wasn’t sure if I liked it or if I felt like Lucas was intruding into my Virgil Flowers world. The other complaint was the story lingered on well after the climax and even though I found it interesting it seemed to be an add-on versus an integral part of the story.

Eric Conger is a great narrator for me. I always feel part of the story and not like someone is just a reading a story to me.

  • The Professor Woos the Witch

  • Nocturne Falls, Book 4
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592

Pandora Williams is Nocturne Falls' most successful real estate agent. And least successful witch. Her magic never has the intended outcome, but she's learned to live with that. Mostly. Yes, it sucks, but what can she do? Then a hot new neighbor shows up and suddenly her magic works. Very cool, but very suspect. Especially since he's a total non-believer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Decide Which Book is My Favorite?

  • By Cheri on 04-05-16

Pandora gets her own cute little story

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

I was really excited to finally read about Pandora’s story. I enjoyed her quick glimpse in Book One of the series and so I had high expectations for this one. Were my expectations met – sort of but I just didn’t feel like Cole was a good fit for Pandora.

The story heads down a very predictable path with the love story and the villain but I admit Kristen Painter throws in a little twist with the villain’s actions that was good. I like the story mainly because Pandora is awesome with everyone. Her relationships with her family, Kaley, Ivan and the rest of the Nocturne Falls citizens really made me smile in this book. I was so glad that this book took place only in Nocturne Falls – you can’t beat this location when it comes to these books.

My biggest issue was that Cole was an ass who basically flipped a switch overnight to no longer being an ass – it was a little jarring and didn’t quite ring true to his initial introduction. My biggest highlight was actually Cole’s daughter Kaley who is an integral part of the story but is hardly mentioned in the book synopsis. I was worried she was going to be the standard rude, disrespectful and angry teenager I read about in a lot of books but she isn’t. Her growth and relationships in the story are very well done.

BJ Harrison can do no wrong with this series. I love him as a narrator.

  • Left Hanging (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 2)

  • By: Patricia McLinn
  • Narrated by: Jane McLaughlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

A rodeo producer dead in the bull pen. Accident or murder? From the deadly tip of the rodeo queen's tiara to toxic "agricultural byproducts" ground into the arena dust, TV reporter Elizabeth, EM, Danniher receives a murderous introduction to the world of rodeo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm really enjoying this series

  • By Dawn on 04-12-17

Great follow-up to the first in the series

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I really enjoyed this book and I am really enjoying the series. Elizabeth is a great main character and heroine. She has her problems and is working on them and her vulnerability makes me like her even more.

The mystery is great. I don’t usually like ones where the victim is a bad person but in this one the victim has so many folks who hated him that Elizabeth’s field of suspects was large enough to keep the story interesting and going. The other thing I liked about this mystery is there was a deadline on getting the murder figured out which really amped up the suspense and intensity of the story. I liked how well the author handled the rodeo details and I also liked with all the new characters the author was still able to weave in some of the characters from the first book into this one.

The author has started down the path towards a love triangle and I am not sure how I feel about that yet. Good thing is it didn’t take over this story and Elizabeth’s attraction to the two guys didn’t stand in her way nor did it stop her from telling them off when needed. I loved that.

The narrator is doing a fabulous job with all the characters and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • Ghostly Paws

  • Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Leighann Dobbs
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 911

Middle age can be murder.... At least that's how it seems to former crime journalist Wilhelmina Chance, whose near-fatal accident has given her a strange side effect: She sees ghosts. After a messy divorce sends her fleeing back to her hometown of Mystic Notch, nestled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Willa finds herself haunted by the tenacious ghost of the town librarian, who insists Willa solve her murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fun cozy with ghosts and cats

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 01-15-16

I really was hoping to love this book

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I really wanted this book to be great but it wasn’t and I’m not sure if it was even good in my opinion. This book suffered from two of my least favorite things in a cozy mystery. First up – an annoying main character. Willa is a former crime journalist turned bookstore owner. Willa may not have been the best crime journalist – her instincts were all over the map and most of the time way off. Usually in a cozy the amateur sleuth is way ahead of the cops – not here- Willa just happens to stumble upon the solution and still doesn’t seem to grasp the situation. Second thing – vague mentors. I abhor books where there is an older wiser person who gives all this vague information to the main character trying to help them understand the situation, develop their new powers or lead them in the right direction. This book was chock full of vague mentors. Everything from Willa’s best friend, the cat and the librarian ghost. I kept wanting to knock someone in the back of the head and scream “out with it” already.

This book seemed so fabulous in concept that I was extremely disappointed in the execution. Which is sad because I was so looking forward to a new series but I’m not sure I could sit through more of this or not. I will have to think on it before moving forward with another book in the series. The narrator did a fine job other than I occasionally picked up on an accent I didn’t recognize. It didn’t really affect the reading but it was enough for me to notice.

  • The Witch's Initiation

  • By: Elle James
  • Narrated by: Sasha Dunbrooke
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Chicago's top undercover cop, Cal Black, has faced his share of danger, but he's never tangled with the paranormal…until now. His mission is simple: to investigate the disappearance of a sorority girl from a private college. But there are two complications: the girl's a witch. And her sister is the enchantress who broke his heart. Deme Chattox isn't looking for a man. Especially a bad boy like Cal, even though every inch of her body remembers the magic of his touch. What she is looking for is her little sister….

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So much potential – so wasted

  • By TVNerd95 on 01-18-19

So much potential – so wasted

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I read the synopsis and was so excited. The story is great but the execution and development of characters that is lacking. I loved the concept of these five sister witches and getting to know each of the powers. The author tried but so much time was spent on the romance between Deme and Cal that the other sisters got lost. Yes, I know it’s a romance but some of the romance seemed to just overwhelm the book.

The adversary in this book is also way to powerful and large. It seemed very early on that the sisters could not defeat this foe. So the author in true typical fashion wraps it up really quickly, clean and completely unrealistic.

I debated giving this book three stars, but I realized that I called the heroine a “dumbass” out loud in my car way too many times to give this book another star. The narrator was good, and I had no issues with the narration.

  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,603
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,571

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Happy addition to a difficult genre

  • By Alice on 08-16-10

Not the mystery I was expecting

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Please tell me the series gets better as it goes along because at this point I don’t understand why so many high reviews. This review will not actual content spoilers but more about spoilers related to the format of the book. I debated between 2 and 3 stars simply for the fact I didn’t feel like this book was a mystery novel which is why I chose it. It wasn’t bad but it did drag on.

I picked this book because of the great reviews and it was listed as a mystery. Well this felt more like historical fiction about the life of a broke royal. The mystery seemed to be thrown in about half way through the book like it was an afterthought. I didn’t mind hearing about the Lady Georgiana’s life but I wasn’t expecting that type of book. The book seemed to drag on and on until it got near the end and then it was like everything is solved rather quickly.

The mystery was predictable because the baddie might as well have “I’m the bad guy” tattooed on their forehead. Also Georgie didn’t really appear to be a good sleuth while her grandfather and her friend Belinda seemed to be great sleuths. Georgie’s friends was for the most part terribly unlikable except for her adorable grandfather. The book does do a good job of showing how Georgie is fighting between tradition and a changing modern world.

I did enjoy the narrator immensely which was a huge help to getting me through the book.

  • 1st to Die

  • The Women's Murder Club
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,245
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,019

There's a killer on the loose in San Francisco, and he's stalking newlyweds. When the usual procedures to stop him don't work, four women, each holding a piece of the puzzle, form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case. 1st to Die is the start of a new series of crime thrillers from James Patterson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Skip the Prologue

  • By Chuck on 01-11-05

Good mystery with fabulous characters

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

So I actually really was enjoying this book and then the author ruined it with the ending. The mystery and the characters are really great. I loved the idea of four women from different careers coming together to solve a mystery. Yes Lindsay is a little annoying but lately I’m finding most main characters annoying so I am going to let that slide.

The mystery is very engaging and I was highly enthralled in the story. It lost a star because I think at some point the author was very obvious the conclusion was going to be. He then realized how obvious he was and decided to throw in some random twists that I think were meant to heighten the suspense but only succeeded in irritating me.

Suzanne Toren was a fabulous narrator and I loved her voices for all the characters but especially the women because her voice fit so well with the author’s description – it gave you a really good visual of the club.