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  • Edinburgh Twilight

  • Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Carole Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 639

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh's darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park. With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and Depressing . . . did I say DEPRESSING!!!

  • By Glenda on 11-12-17

Captured from beginning to end

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I was captured by this book like one of the victims in this book. The characters were believable. I cheered for them. I loved the literary references from other poets such as Robert Burns and Shakespear. It was a good period piece. I even found myself a little paranoid 😅 because this book has a bit of realism.

I'm on to the second book.

  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,380

Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally! Thank you Audible!

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 10-20-12

classic.

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Read the book. The movies don't do justice. One could miss the virtues and lessons taught in this book if one merely watched the movies. The battle against greed. The hope of a new heaven and earth. The courage to take a risk and mature in character. The list goes on.

  • Hard Road

  • A Jon Reznick Thriller, Book 1
  • By: J. B. Turner
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,396

Jon Reznick is a "ghost": a black-ops specialist who takes his orders from shadowy handlers, and his salary from the US government. Still mourning the loss of his beloved wife on 9/11, he's dispatched to carry out a high-level hit. Reznick knows only that it must look like suicide. It's textbook. But the target is not the man Reznick expected. The whole setup is wrong. In an instant the operation is compromised, and Reznick is on the run with the man he was sent to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plenty of Action

  • By shelley on 01-01-18

Thrilling

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Thrilling story. I would have given it 5 stars across the board, but the man reading the story sound like a man most of the time. 😅That's what you expect right?! Well, when he is supposed to portray a woman I would hope that he sounds like a woman. To his credit, he did most of the time.

Something else to note: there are quite the amount of f bombs in this story. It's understandable, considering the lead character has a military background. Just be aware of that.

  • Mirror Gate

  • The Harbinger Series, Book 2
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538

Though relations between Princess Seraphin Fitzempress and her father have been strained, Sera’s royal position has remained unchallenged. Filled with self-doubt, she struggles to grasp the Mysteries - her greatest trial yet. An education in the enigmatic magic is a necessary one, should Sera plan to rise in her station and invoke her powers during war. But the emperor’s death now leaves both Sera and her ambitious father eligible for the throne - a contest the prince regent intends to win. Even if it means an alliance with a rival empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great characters, and intriguing plot.

  • By Spencer on 09-05-18

Better than the first

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This was better than the first one in the series. I love how other books within his world is incorporated into this. Muirwood, Dryad trees, obelisk, etc. It's great.

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  • Justice Redeemed

  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394

Two years ago, Darren Street made a name for himself as the man who rooted out corruption in the district attorney's office. Now the hotheaded young lawyer is in the public eye yet again - this time, accused of murder. Jalen Jordan retained Street for what seemed to be a minor traffic violation, but when evidence turned up linking Jordan to the death of two boys, Street wanted out of the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Power In The Hands of Dishonest Prosecutors

  • By R. Pontiflet on 04-01-16

exciting, but not for kids to hear

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Great story. I expected it to be a common legal story and the protagonist to go unscathed. However, he experienced some hardships throughout it. Worth the time.

The reader was great too! He narrated in different voices that really helped me follow along.

I wrote its not for kids because there is a heart deal of swearing in it. I was listening to it on a road trip and had to turn it off because the f bomb was dropped.

  • Storm Glass

  • (Harbinger, Book 1)
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,816

Theirs is a world of opposites. The privileged live in sky manors held aloft by a secretive magic known only as the Mysteries. Below, the earthbound poor are forced into factory work to maintain the engine of commerce. Only the wealthy can afford to learn the Mysteries, and they use their knowledge to further lock their hold on society. Cettie Pratt is a waif doomed to the world below, until an admiral attempts to adopt her. But in her new home in the clouds, not everyone treats her as one of the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immersive, Wonderful, Magical!

  • By Huntress on 07-05-18

Slow, but builds up and ends on intrique

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Darker than his other books, but still familiar. o love the connection to previous series.

  • The Elven

  • The Saga of the Elven, Book 1
  • By: Bernhard Hennen, James A. Sullivan, Edwin Miles - translator
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437

A fierce and merciless demon has been unleashed on the world, spreading destruction and bloodshed in both the human and the elven realms. Northlander Jarl Mandred witnesses the ruthless attack on his men, and he seeks vengeance with the help of the elf queen, Emerelle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read!

  • By james on 01-22-18

Believable characters

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Loved it! Narrator, story, characters. All Great. The world. Historical research. Everything was Amazing. It was all so gripping. In fact, I didn't want to stop listening and reading. I stole every minute I could to finish this love story/epic journey.

You will not be disappointed by reading/ listening to this story. Trust me, the love story is not too much, but not too little either. Great all around.

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