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  • The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: John Joseph Adams (editor), Robert J. Sawyer, Christopher Roden, and others
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 416

A modern short story collection featuring the great detective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Improbable and Incredible.

  • By Shannyn Campbell on 03-28-10

very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

while it is quite rare for all of the stories in an anthology to be good, by and large, the stories in this volume are fun to read.

  • Wicked Days

  • An Ivy Morgan Mystery Book 1
  • By: Lily Harper Hart
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

Ivy Morgan is happy with who she is, and what she can do. She certainly doesn't need to second guess her life, or her witchy ways... that is, until Shadow Lake's newest police detective enters her life. Jack Harker is haunted by a past he refuses to talk about, and he's not looking forward to a future with anyone - especially a sassy witch with boundary issues.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 03-11-17

Nice little cozy, but...

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

I love Amanda/Lily . Her books are sweet and funny, even if they are a little silly sometimes, but once again, the book was almost ruined by Angel Clark. She is a terrible narrator. She has weird pronunciations for common words such as "bow" pronounced as "bow & arrow" rather than as in "take a bow", or "glowering" pronounced with an "oh" sound, like "row" rather than an an "ou" sound like "ouch".

She also has very little skill with voice characterization. Almost all the women sound the same while the men either sound squeaky and crabby or like a child trying get into an r-rated movie.

Ms. Clark must be cheap or she wouldn't still be getting work. almost skipped this series because she was narrating it. the only reason I listened at all was that it was part of the Romance Package so I didn't have to pay for it.

  • Bad to the Crone

  • A Spell's Angels Cozy Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Scout Randall is more than a witch on a motorcycle. She’s more than the magic she wields. She’s also a woman with a secret past that she can’t remember...a sarcastic wonder who acts before she thinks. The one thing Scout knows with absolute certainty is that she’s got a purpose in life...and that purpose is fighting evil. That’s why she joined the Spell’s Angels, a biker group with offices all across the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining and Enjoyable

  • By Shadowplay on 03-20-19

Not her best but not her worst..

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

The romance could have used a little more conflict before the resolution but you have to start somewhere. Over all, I like the new setting and premise. I think this is a decent start to a new series.

It is, again, set in southern lower Michigan which has the potential for crossovers with any and all of her other series. The Amanda Lee universe is growing and I'm happy with the idea. I understand some of the older series are being phased out so this is a good thing.

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  • Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

  • By: H. P. Mallory
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat, and a quirky best friend. Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful, awful, awful

  • By QuanYin4 on 01-20-14

This protagonist has to be the dumbest witch ever!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

She keeps forgetting she's a witch. She can conjure clothes from the air instantly but can't seem to realize she could conjure a weapon any time. Every guy in the story is after her but she refuses to give in to any advances despite her apparently rampant libido. I only finished the book because I was driving and didn't want to pull over.

The blurb made it sound like the narrator was famously good but I just found her performance too anguished all the time very forced.

Skip this one even if you are desperate.

  • The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

  • By: Emily Croy Barker
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 26 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,968
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,980

Emily Croy Barker’s riveting debut novel is a must-read for fans of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic follows grad student Nora Fischer as she stumbles through a portal into a magical world. Having been transformed from drab to beautiful, Nora finds herself surrounded by glamorous friends. Life seems perfect. But then things take a terrible turn, and Nora must learn magic from a reclusive ally if she is to have any hope of survival...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In most ways, this is just the kind of book I seek

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-13

Lovely, heartbreaking and wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

Even though this is a very long book for the genre, I wanted it to go on. I was never bored. I never once considered fast forwarding a bit. The narration was good. The voice characterizations were easily distinguishable and appropriate without being distracting. And not once did I wonder where the editor had been or if the author had even passed high school English as often happens with books in this genre.
Thanks, Emily and Alyssa, for a good and enjoyable listen!

  • A Grave Misunderstanding

  • A Simon Grave Mystery
  • By: Len Boswell
  • Narrated by: JC Jacobson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Murder has come once more to the seaside town of Crab Cove, testing the mettle of “almost handsome” Detective Simon Grave and his “nearly invisible” partner, Sergeant Barry Blunt, who investigate a locked-room mystery with a significant twist: the prime suspects are in the locked room, not the victim, a logic-defying situation that challenges the team at every turn. As if murder weren’t enough, they must also investigate the simultaneous disappearance of The MacGuffin Trophy from that same locked room, the studio of artist Whitney Waters, famous for her stylized paintings of red herrings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fun story, curious narrator

  • By Dee M. on 02-16-19

fun story, curious narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I enjoyed the story. It was a fun mystery with enough twists to be interesting. My main issue was with the narrator. Though he has a fine voice, there were many, many mispronounced words, with some being only recognizable from context. I suspect one of the main reasons he was chosen was his spoken resemblance to actor Peter Graves of Mission Impossible fame, the actor's name being a small joke by the audiobook production staff.

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  • Some Were in Time

  • By: Robyn Peterman
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

Planning my own wedding should mean I'm having the time of my life...not defending it every time I turn around. Dragons, feral Wolves and Were Cows...I mean who in the hell knew Were Cows even existed? All I wanna do is marry Hank, have 2.5 beautiful little Werewolf babies, and live happily ever after while having sex on a very regular basis. Oh...and I still want to shoot stuff occasionally. Apparently no one got the memo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By N.L. on 07-31-17

I don't know why I keep listening to these

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Robyn Peterman's series' tend to start very interestingly, devolve to weird toward the end of the first book, then get sillier and sillier as the series progresses. Though I'm not at all a prude, they almost always include way too much, and often too detailed, sex, sometimes in inappropriate parts of the story. It's usually pretty formulaic, too. I mean, try something a bit more adventurous once in a while.

However, Robyn's books are almost all available as part of the Audible Romance Package, so they are virtually free. And there is comfort in familiarity at times. I've decided I'll probably continue with this and some of her other paranormal romance series'. I'll probably give most of them the same review, but I have to admit they are kind of fun.

  • In an Absent Dream

  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Hopkins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

This fourth entry and prequel tells the story of Lundy, a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should. When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she's found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lundy's adventure in the Goblin Market

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 01-28-19

My only problem is it wasn't long enough.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

If you read this story you may or may not understand my criticism, but a good story is never long enough.

Worth reading to understand what I mean.

  • Changeling

  • A Novel of Sorcery and Society
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,937

If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-18

Great start to a good series

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I loved Harry Potter but I think I might just love Cassie Reed a little bit more. She's spunky and bright with a kind heart. Her story starts here with a bit of fun. The story is a little derivative but it IS an origin story. Her adventure is just beginning. Without giving anything away, by the end of the story it's clear that this is only the beginning of something big.

The narrator was great, too. Her male voice characterizations were a little weak but most of them are supposed to be young men so this can be forgiven. I hope they stick with the same narrator for the next installment.

  • Lake Silence

  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others - vampires, shape-shifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget.... After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence - in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki's have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what's out there watching you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific stand-alone Others novel

  • By Laura on 03-24-18

excellent! that's all I can say. humans and others

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Anne Bishop shows how much we need each other, as humans and as every being in our world together.
great read and great message.