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  • The Blue Coyote

  • The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Karen Musser Nortman
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Frannie and Larry Shoemaker love taking their grandchildren, Sabet and Joe, camping with them. But at Bluffs State Park, Frannie finds herself worrying more than usual about their safety, and when another young girl disappears from the campground in broad daylight, her fears increase. The fun of a bike ride, a flea market, marshmallow guns, and a storyteller are quickly overshadowed. Accusations against Larry and her add to the cloud over their heads. Frannie begins to puzzle out the mystery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2

  • By med c on 05-15-17

Great Cozy Mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

This is the first book in the series that I have read, but I have already purchased book 3. I was kept guessing until the end as to who the culprit was in the story. I almost want to buy a camper after reading this!

Frannie and Larry Shoemaker are camping with their grandchildren, friends, and family when a little girl disappears. Larry is a suspect. Worried about her own grandchildren Frannie decides to investigate with the help of their camping friends. The story takes you down a winding road with more disappearances and a large suspect list. I loved every bit of the story.

The story line moves along well and the narrator really does a nice job.

  • The Enigma Ignite

  • The Enigma Series, Book 3
  • By: Charles V Breakfield, Roxanne E Burkey
  • Narrated by: Derek Shoales
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

As the world's biggest powers compete for superiority, it's not larger weapons or greater numbers of soldiers that top their wish lists. Instead, it's the latest and greatest technological advances: nanotechnology, dynamic programming algorithms, and drones, working together to build the next generation of military communications. When a professor at a Texas university begins researching ways to improve animal husbandry and boost global food supplies, her results catch the eye of inquisitive engineer Keith Austin Avery, whose interests have nothing to do with solving world hunger. But as Avery works on potential new uses for this technology, his research draws the attention of a powerful terrorist group, with traumatic results for him and his subcontractor Eilla-Zan Marshall.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Terrific Tech Thriller

  • By Merrci on 03-06-18

Another Great Read from Breakfield and Burkey!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Every time I read a new book in this series I think it the best yet. I just love the way the authors walk you through the technology explanations and the narrator has such a wide vocal range. The story involves a multi-national cast and it helps that the narrator has great vocal talent.

This book was really hard to put down. The story is riveting. Jacob and Petra are once again in the story, and many characters from previous stories have been given bigger parts. The team is put under a time line pressure that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end.

I really hope this is made into a movie at some point. I think it would do well on a theater screen.

I received this as a gifted audiobook, but the review is honest and my own opinion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Making Amends

  • By: Melinda Clayton
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

On a beautiful fall evening, in the middle of a game of hide-and-seek, five-year-old Bobby Clark is kidnapped by his estranged father, a shiftless man with a history of domestic violence and drug abuse. Bobby's twin brother Ricky watches, terrified, from his hiding place behind the bougainvillea, while mother Tabby, who also struggles with addiction, lies inebriated on the living room floor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Making Amends

  • By med c on 08-05-16

This was Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Wow! This story was on the dark side, but was so well written and performed. The story was hard to put down, very engaging! I was not familiar with Melinda Clayton prior to this book, but intend to research other writings by her.

Tabby (the mother) has twin boys. When the boys are young, one of them is stolen. This story takes place in their adulthood and, in my mind, raises nature vs nurture questions. The story is told from several different perspectives and allows you to see the story through different eyes.

I really enjoyed this book.

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

  • Chocolate with a Side of Murder

  • Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Lainie Pahos
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Sabrina Daley is still haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her sister 10 years before. Even though the case went cold long ago, she keeps holding out hope that one day she will discover what happened to her sister. Sabrina's life is turned upside down again when she discovers her friend's dead body in the alley way behind her family's coffee shop. If that isn't bad enough, after a week of investigating, the local police appear to be stumped. Terrified about a second case going cold in town, Sabrina decides to take matters into her own hands.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bad!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 03-27-18

Delightful Cozy Mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I found this book delightful. It was a light and easy read. Sabrina - the main character - is determined to solve the murder of her friend and does a very thorough job. As you read through you discover the backstory that fuels her determination to not let a killer escape. This would be a good cozy read for a rainy or snowy day.

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

  • The Innocent Dead

  • A Witch Cozy Mystery
  • By: Jill Nojack
  • Narrated by: Brian Callanan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Natalie Taylor, high priestess of the coven in quirky Giles, Massachusetts, just wants to stop seeing dead people. With all the elements needed for the spell now in place, she can finally complete the ritual to push the ghosts away. But when a body is found in Corey Woods, giving her the opportunity to prove that her long-lost love wasn't guilty of the identical murders years ago, some of the answers she needs to clear him lie on the far side of the veil. She's going to need help from both the living and the dead to catch the real killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who Done It.

  • By Troublemer on 10-04-17

Murder, Mystery and Intrigue

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

The main characters in this book are three witches. Natalie - the High Priestess, and one of the three witches - has a problem. She continues to see the spirits of people after they have passed away. She finds this annoying particularly as the most persistent spirit is William, her lost love. Along with dealing with this annoying issue, a body is found with ties to old murders. The three witches are kept busy investigating the murder and casting a spell to sever Natalie's tie to passed spirits.

This cozy mystery was easy to listen to and delightful. It has s few twists so you are kept guessing. The characters are likeable and the narrator does a great job with the different voices.

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

  • The Enigma Rising

  • The Enigma Series, Volume 2
  • By: Charles V. Breakfield, Roxanne E. Burkey
  • Narrated by: Derek Shoales
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

When a Brazilian industrialist hires the R-Group, the world's most elite information-gathering unit to track the disappearance of his daughter - a dangerous - but quiet hunt begins. But just finding her doesn't mean all will be well. The team in Switzerland follows the leads from South America to Mexico and the Caribbean, but the data trail is leading nowhere. Sometimes the most important clues come from unlikely sources.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller but not technothriller

  • By Lomeraniel on 11-18-17

Another Great Story in the Enigma Series!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

This book had several different stories to follow. Each separate story would have been exciting on its own, but the way they are woven together is quite ingenious and becomes a story well told. The story line involves cyber activity, smuggling, drug lords and quite a few action packed sequences among many other things.

The narrator does a great job with the character nuances through different accents and inflections. There are quite a few challenges for the narrator with different parts of the world involved, but Derek Shoales is believable in the many characters.

I would love to see this series made into a movie. Charles Breakfield and Roxanne Burkey really do a great job with believable technology dialog as well as exciting scenes that draw you on to the next chapter. The characters are so real, that you want to meet them in real life.

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

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Guilty

  • P.I. Jack Marconi, Book 3
  • By: Vincent Zandri
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Jack Marconi is back in legal hot water. In The Guilty, Jack finds himself investigating a local restaurateur and spoiled playboy who's accused of attempting to murder his school teacher girlfriend. As the now brain-damaged young woman begins recalling events of that fateful dark winter night when she was allegedly pushed down the stairs of a West Albany mansion, she becomes the target of the powerful but angry foodie/sex-obsessed boyfriend once again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Mystery

  • By Big Cheese on 08-23-17

What a Page Turner!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

If you could sum up The Guilty in three words, what would they be?

Corruption. Mystery. Sex.

What did you like best about this story?

The story-line was great. It really was compelling and kept me guessing until the end as to who was the culprit. The story had solid reasoning and was very enthralling. It was hard to put down.

Which character – as performed by Andrew B. Wehrlen – was your favorite?

I really enjoyed Blood. He is an action character and street wise. He was tough but yet likeable.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Be Sure and Stay Tuned to the End! You'll Be Glad You Did!

Any additional comments?

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

  • Candidate for Murder

  • A Mac Faraday Mystery, Book 12
  • By: Lauren Carr
  • Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

When the political parties force-feed two unsavory mayoral nominees to the town's residents, David O'Callaghan decides to make a statement - by nominating Gnarly, Mac Faraday's German shepherd, to run for mayor of Spencer! What starts out as a joke turns into a disaster when overnight, Gnarly becomes the frontrunner, and his political opponents proceed to dig into the canine's past. When one of the mayoral candidates ends up dead, it becomes apparent that slinging mud is not enough for someone with a stake in this election.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Listen!!!

  • By Jan M on 08-15-17

Lauren Carr Does It Again!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I really enjoy the Mac Faraday series. This is the third book I have listened to in the series and I always feel like the one I have just finished is the best yet, even when I am revisiting a story. The characters are so easy to get attached to and so interesting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Candidate for Murder?

Gnarly was my favorite character in this book and each time he was front and center it made for great listening. Gnarly did several saves in the book and each time was a memorable moment.

What does C.J. McAllister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

C.J. McAllister has a great voice for the characters in the book. When he is doing David's voice I can picture David, likewise Mac and all the other characters. His voice is well suited for this story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved in the scene where Gnarly saves Murphy. Gnarly is just such a goofy yet incredibly brave, intelligent dog.

Any additional comments?

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

  • A Wedding and a Killing

  • A Mac Faraday Mystery, Book 8
  • By: Lauren Carr
  • Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Not wanting to wait until their big day to start their life of wedded bliss, Mac Faraday and his lady love, Archie Monday, decide to elope to the little church where his ancestors had all married - along the tranquil shore of Deep Creek Lake. However, before they can say "I do", the sanctuary erupts into chaos when Gnarly finds a dead body in the church office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!!!

  • By ldybkpr on 10-03-17

Another Great Mystery!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I really like the Mac Faraday mysteries. The characters are richly developed and the story is always great to listen to. This is my second Mac Faraday audiobook and I hope to listen to all of them. I am hooked.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Carmine. He was so sweet and so engaging. He made me laugh several times. Even though he is not a hugely involved character, I really enjoyed the times he appeared in the story.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Carmine goes into the police department to confess to the murder I laughed so hard. The scene was so well written and I had to listen to it a couple of times. Lauren Carr writes so wonderfully and I loved the voice C. J. McAllister chose for this character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A Terrific Whodunit!

Any additional comments?

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

  • Painting with Fire

  • An Artistic Murder Mystery
  • By: K.B. Jensen
  • Narrated by: Cindy Piller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Claudia Wilson never quite trusted her roommate, an artist named Tom. After finding a body buried in a snow bank outside her front door, her suspicions about his eccentric behavior only worsen. Unemployed and obsessed with the murder, she realizes how little she knows about the people who live around her, including Tom. Tempted by love but unable to trust a man with a past in light of the murder, Claudia does everything she can to find out about the killer. The results lead her to a startling discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll never trust your neighbours again...

  • By Lidia Chymkowska on 09-10-17

Thriller with a Romance

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

What did you love best about Painting with Fire?

I loved the fact that I was kept guessing until the end. Every time I thought I had it figured out, Claudia would have an internal monologue the brought up extra questions and had me guessing all the way to the end.

What other book might you compare Painting with Fire to and why?

No other book comes to mind when I think of this book, however, I did think the story was well written and easy to follow. Also, I liked that the loose ends all get tied up. It drives me a little crazy when an author leaves a loose end.

What does Cindy Piller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Cindy Piller has a voice that seems to perfectly suit the character of Claudia. She is able to portray emotions with different voice modulations and makes it able to distinguish which character is talking by different voices.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I loved the romance part. It was very well done. Not overboard, yet progressing at a believable pace.

Any additional comments?

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