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  • Skeletons in the Attic

  • A Marketville Mystery, Volume 1
  • By: Judy Penz Sheluk
  • Narrated by: Claira Jordyn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn't surprised to learn she's the sole beneficiary of her late father's estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville - a house she didn't know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie's inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother's murder. Callie's not keen on dredging up a 30-year-old mystery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Narrator makes the Book worthwhile

  • By cosmitron on 08-03-18

Mixed Feelings...

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I found myself totally caught up in this book. The characters are intriguing and interesting, the writer's voice draws you in, and the plot seems to move along well with varied twists and turns.... until the end. In a sudden twist I found way too "deux ex machina" all is revealed - and (no spoilers) I found it unbelievable on too many levels.

However... I like the author's writing, so will probably try another book.

Ms. Jordyn's voice is lovely but she reads "straight" (only slight vocal change for characters) and it's often hard tell who is saying what, and to differentiate between the heroine's internal vs. external lines.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Magical Match

  • Witchcraft Mysteries Series, Book 9
  • By: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

Lily Ivory and her friends are planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women's shelter. When a figure from her past shows up unannounced, threatening her unless she returns something that belonged to him, Lily's fiance, Sailor, steps in to defend her. After the same man is found dead later that day, Sailor is the primary suspect. He swears he's innocent, but multiple witnesses ID him as the perpetrator of the assault. Lily vows to clear his name...only she's not sure where to start with the mounting evidence against him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can’t get enough of Lily and Oscar!!!

  • By Amy E Pruitt on 04-07-18

Another Home Run for Blackwell and Sands

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

Juliet Blackwell is one of my favorite authors: her mysteries are true Cozies to me, comforting as a cup of tea on a dark and stormy night (or after a rough day at the office). There is humor without slapstick, romance without gobs of sex, and plenty of characters to love, hate, and wonder about. These are books I listen to at least on a yearly basis - and A Magical Match is a lovely addition to Ms. Blackwell's oeuvre. The only problem I have with Ms. Blackwell is my impatience as she works on the next book - in any of her series.

Xe Sands has matured as a reader from the beginning of the series: her voice is liquid and warm, as if she's very quietly telling this story just to you. Her female characters are individual and distinctive: I would love a bit more individualism in the male characters,- but this is a quibble (and perhaps noticeable because I tend to re-listen to all of the books in these series before I allow myself a listen of the new book). Mea culpa.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Ladies' Room

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,660

Secrets told in the church ladies' room are supposed to stay in the ladies' room. But that doesn't mean that what Trudy overhears there during her great-aunt Gertrude's funeral won't change the rest of her life. Trudy has a daughter in the middle of a major rebellion; a two-timing husband who has been cheating for their entire married life; and a mother with Alzheimer's residing in the local nursing home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soul Food!

  • By Tunes on 02-25-17

Maybe a bit too sweet?

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

I'll admit that I enjoyed listening to this, but felt uncomfortable after the book ended - kinda like eating a pint of ice cream for dinner: tastes good at the start but toward the end you realize that something was missing. The romantic interest never feels like a real, whole person, and while the heroine's feelings change his do not. I don't listen to a lot of romances so maybe it's me, but I am uncomfortable with the romantic interest being almost a "perfect parent:" loves you unconditionally from the start, knows all your dreams and wishes before you do, supports you through all your crap while patiently waiting on the side. He remains a mystery barely explored by the heroine as well as the author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Shadow of the Glacier

  • By: Vicki Delany
  • Narrated by: Carrington Macduffie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Trouble is brewing in the small town of Trafalgar. Constable Smith nearly stumbles over a body, the victim of a murder. The deceased was a highly unpopular newcomer who had big plans for developing a luxury resort outside of town.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky Start To A Mystery Series

  • By Sara on 01-25-15

Listened to as much as I could tolerate....

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

I really find it annoying when characters (especially protagonists) act stupidly. A good writer should be able to move the plot along without using that as a device. Narration ok, except that too many of the female characters sounded exactly the same.

  • The Prime of Ms Dolly Greene

  • By: E. V. Harte
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In the heart of Southwest London, just a short stroll from the Thames, lies a single row of cottages. Residents may come and go, but they all have one thing in common: Tinderbox Lane - small, enclosed, unknown to any iPhone or supermarket delivery van - is the place they call home. Foremost among the residents is Dolly Greene: divorced and permanently broke, she shares her tiny house with her 21-year-old daughter, Pippa, who can't afford to leave. Aside from Pippa the other constant in Dolly's life is her tarot business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky w/ Excellent Narrator, Likeable Protagonist

  • By Matt on 11-18-17

The total package - great book, great narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

E.V. Harte has given us a true gift: a mystery of quirky & interesting characters, an intriguing plot, a bit of romance (no sex) and a soupçon of the paranormal (the heroine is a tarot reader). The writing is evocative without being overdone, drawing you into the settings with a light touch, and Ms.Church's narration is spot on, bringing the characters quite vividly to life (and death).

I know the next book is due to be published in May - I just hope it becomes available on Audible soon after.

  • The Lace Reader

  • By: Brunonia Barry
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 282

Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations. But the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult but good

  • By Anonymous User on 10-15-08

Stunning and a bit disturbing

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

Beautifully written, this book definitely pulls you in. The characters were intruiging, the setting was beautifully brought to life, and I was totally gobsmacked at the end.

  • Slouch Witch

  • The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic, Book 1
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838

Let's get one thing straight - Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact she's probably the last witch in the world you'd call if you needed a magical helping hand, regardless of her actual abilities. If it were down to Ivy, she'd spend all day every day on her sofa, where she could watch TV, munch junk food, and talk to her feline familiar to her heart's content. However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she's yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book!!!

  • By christa on 08-06-17

Fun book, confusing (but good) narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

Lovely book, fun characters and story....but I have NO CLUE why the talented Tanya Eby was hired for this series. There is nothing in the book that even hints at the protagonist being an American in Oxford - quite the opposite: she uses the term "arse" a bazillion times, which we in the States pretty much never do (nor do we use the term "plonker," as someone else pointed out.) Ms. Eby is quite talented, and I think her Brit accents are decent, but.... Why? I will probably keep listening to the series as so far it is quite fun, but it is one of those things that keeps you a bit "outside" the book, if you know what I mean.

  • Aunt Dimity's Death

  • By: Nancy Atherton
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she's about to inherit a sizable estate - if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity's English country cottage. What begins as a fairy tale becomes a mystery - and a ghost story - in an improbably cozy setting, as Aunt Dimity's indominable spirit leads Lori on an otherworldly quest to discover how, in this life, true love can conquer all.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • great book, lousy reader

  • By Bill on 04-27-13

Bizarre narrator., and yet....

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

Yes,what everyone else has said about the narrator is true: she is really pretty awful. How she was hired to record this entire series is beyond me: she enunciates so overly-clearly it's like having a pedantic ESL kindergarten teacher doing the reading; her accents are pretty awful - plus whenever she does an accented character she slows down her already meandering pace; and it's exceedingly difficult to tell her male voices from the female. And yet, I do enjoy these books. I have returned books when narrators have driven me crazy, but for some reason I can (mostly) go with the flow in the Aunt Dimity series so far (am on the 3rd book).
The books themselves are charming cozies - more romance than mystery, but they have a gentle old-world appeal. Yes, I would have preferred a better reader - and I think the series deserves to be re-done by a more skilled/better directed performer - but for now, I will probably keep listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Ghostly Light

  • Haunted Home Renovation Series, Book 7
  • By: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374

When her friend Alicia hires Turner Construction to renovate a historic lighthouse in the San Francisco Bay, Mel Turner can't wait to get her hands dirty. But trouble soon arises when Alicia's abusive ex-husband shows up to threaten both her and Mel, and later turns up dead at the base of the lighthouse stairs. With no other suspects in sight, things start looking choppy for Alicia. Now, if Mel wants to clear her friend's name, she'll need the help of the lighthouse's resident ghosts to shine a light on the real culprit....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOooooooo! 😀

  • By Amanda on 07-28-17

Another Home Run by Blackwell & Sands

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

I love love love all of Juliet Blackwell's books. Bought this one the day it came out on Audible and forced myself to wait until the weekend to listen. Spectacular! Wonderful scenery, fabulous characters, and a twisty plot. And Xe Sands' brilliant interpretation brings it all together.

If you're new to the Mel Turner/Home Renovation series, start at the beginning and enjoy knowing there are more to come. If you've already read the books before, dive in!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost of Marlow House

  • Haunting Danielle Series, Book 1
  • By: Bobbi Holmes, Anna J. McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

When Danielle Boatman inherits Marlow House, she dreams of turning it into a seaside bed and breakfast. Since she's never visited the property, Danielle's not sure what awaits her in Oregon. She certainly doesn't expect to find one of the house's previous owners still in residence. After all, the man has been dead for almost 90 years - shouldn't he have moved on by now? Charming Walt Marlow convinces Danielle the only way he can move on is if she solves the mystery of his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Beatrice on 03-18-17

Oh Dear....

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

All the makings for a nice litttle "ghosty" cozy - but It just kind of fell flat. I found the writing on the trite side and a bit two-dimensnal. The reading also was a bit... off. This is one of those books where you get the feeling tthe author and narrator might be worse together than each one is alone. Doubt I'll bother with the next one:-(

8 of 11 people found this review helpful