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  • Murder on the Brewster Flats: a Gus LeGarde Mystery

  • LeGarde Mysteries, Volume 12
  • By: Mr. Aaron Paul Lazar
  • Narrated by: Pete Milan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Music professor Gus LeGarde and his wife, Camille, are looking forward to a relaxing vacation at Paines Creek Beach on beautiful Cape Cod. But Gus barely has a chance to feel the sand between his toes before a near-miss car accident drags him right into the middle of a local family feud - and a centuries-old mystery that's begging to be solved. As Gus is drawn further into the conflict between the Cooks and the McNabbs - two families with a grudge going all the way back to colonial times - he and Camille keep uncovering more questions than answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brewster Flats

  • By Deedra on 11-07-18

Vacation Turns Into Treasure Hunt

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

This is Aaron Paul Lazzar's newest book in the Gus Legarde Series. This is my favorite series written by Aaron because after becoming friends on Facebook with Aaron it appears that Gus is Aaron himself. A wonderful man who helps others, loves his family and is an all around "good guy."

This story is another fantastic audio book to listen to. The narrator Pete Milan has a pleasing voice and does a wonderful job with all of the character's voices.

When Gus and Camille travel to Cape Cod for relaxing month-long vacation, little did they know what they would end up getting involved in. I love a good mystery story and this one is totally amazing. The mystery begins with a scary car crash and Gus becomes a hero saving a young man's life. From this point on..the vacation turns into a mysterious turn of events.

The boy's family is rather disconcerting to say the least. On the surface they appear normal but soon Gus discovers how they are totally not normal. I was hooked immediately on finding out what secrets this family was keeping. I never expected that this story would have so many twists and turns and wonderful and exciting happenings.

Aaron has a way of painting a vivid picture that while listening the story becomes a movie in your mind. I could see the beach, the houses, the scenery all around. The character's become real and some of the character's are old friends from previous books I have listened to. It's so nice to hear about them again in this story. That's one thing about finishing a good book..it's always a little sad because the listener wants to hear more...Well this book brings back some of his character's and it's a joyous reunion.

I could give away the story but it's so much better to hear it all yourself. You definitely won't be disappointed.

Thanks, Aaron for gifting me the audio code for this book in exchange for a review and I am so looking forward to your next book about Gus !!

  • The Beginning After

  • By: Kiersten Modglin
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Peighton Claiborne's perfect world is built on perfectly crafted lies. When the sudden death of her husband destroys everything she worked so hard to create, Peighton finds herself struggling to cope. As the police begin digging into the mysterious death, they uncover secrets her husband had spent years trying to keep buried. The people Peighton believed she could count on, and the ones she needs more than ever, begin to turn on her, leaving Peighton to pick up the remaining pieces of her life alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The beginning After

  • By ZOE R on 04-10-18

Exciting Mystery With A Twist

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I was hooked right from the start of this emotional and exciting story. I couldn't wait to hear every new chapter. I requested a code for this book due to how much I enjoy listening to Scott Bennett. He is one of my very favorite voice artists. I especially love hearing his western story books.
I now have a new author to add to my list of favorites after hearing this story. Kiersten Modglin has such a natural talent for reality in a book. Everything in this story seemed like real life. I could relate to almost everything except for the part about what happened to the character Drew.
My favorite character is Petyton..the wonderful woman who showed love to everyone and especially to her son. A mother's love knows no bounds or limits and no matter what a child says or does can cause a mother to stop loving her child.

The mystery in this book was so intriguing also. I really thought I had it all figured out just like Peyton. I was as shocked as she was to find out the truth.

I know anyone who listens or reads this story will enjoy it so much. Thanks Scott for the audio code !!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Peace of Music

  • By: Denise Kahn
  • Narrated by: Denise Kahn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

A once lost magnificent antique vase from China's 13th Century Song Dynasty reappears from the depths of the Mediterranean Sea where it comes to dwell on a piano in a doctor's home. It becomes the impetus in steering the lives of this doctor and his descendants through their heartbreaks, romances, and ultimately successes. An assassination, a sabotage on a Greek island, and amazing musical performances are but some of the events that strike their lives. Spanning from 13th Century China to the present, the story takes place on four continents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Peace of music

  • By JEYCEE on 10-11-17

Music Is The Core of These Families

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

I totally enjoyed hearing the author narrate her own story. It makes the experience so much more personal. This story is very complex and enthralling. There are time jumps that are somewhat confusing but it all comes together as the listener continues on. I have never listened to such an interesting story-line that also gives the feeling of a history lesson. The characters are very humble and exciting at the same time. The way the story comes together is cause to keep listening without stopping to see what's next. I felt very uplifted at the end and very happy that I was gifted this book in exchange for an hones review. How I wish I had some of the character's musical abilities.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Grady Judd

  • Heartbreakers & Heroes, Book 1
  • By: Ciana Stone
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

If there was such a thing as an urban legend in Cotton Creek, it was Grady Judd. He'd broken the heart of every woman he'd ever kissed, and he'd kissed a plenty. Many tried to rope him, tie him down, and drag him to the altar, but Grady wasn't the marrying kind. Until he showed back up in Cotton Creek this time to discover that he's not the only heart breaker in town, which leads to a whole new game and an entirely new question. Could Grady Judd finally have met his match?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good!

  • By mandy on 04-18-18

Handsome Hunk Meets His Match

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Ciana Stone has once again wtitten a romantic and exciting story with all of the elements that make listening to the audio so enthralling: hot and sexy guy finally meets his female counterpart and the interaction leads to sexy conversations and onto sexy lovemaking. Each has had incidents in their lives that leaves them afraid of commitment so at first it's just all fun and games. Slowly they begin to trust each other and share some scary events that draw them closer together. The narrator Scott Bennett has an exceptional talent in presenting both voices and brings the listener into their minds and hearts. This story will definitely satisfy the listener in many ways and bring the story alive visually in the listener's mind. Great teamwork Ciana and Scott!❤

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dolan Girls

  • By: S. R. Mallery
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The Dolan Girls by S. R. Mallery has it all. Set in Nebraska during the 1800s, whorehouse madams, ladies of the night, a schoolmarm, a Pinkerton detective, a Shakespeare-quoting old coot, brutal outlaws, and a horse-wrangler fill out the cast of characters. Added to the mix are colorful descriptions of an 1856 land rush, Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show, Annie Oakley, bank/train robberies, small town local politics, and, of course, romance. Two, in fact!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The old west comes alive 🌵

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 11-23-17

Love In The Wild Wild West

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

There's nothing like a good romantic love story from back in the days of gunslingers and their exciting women. This story has all the characters needed to keep the listener totally enthralled until the end! Cora and Thomas are young sweethearts whose lives are torn apart by his evil half brother, Wes.
The years pass and finally they see each other again but Cora believes Thomas had abandoned her and lost all trust in him. As the story evolves the listener is totally involved and eagerly anticipates what the ending will be. The narrator is magnificent and relates the story with a calmness but also with passion enough to curl the listener's toes. Don't miss this one please!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Edge of Revolt

  • The David Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Uvi Poznansky
  • Narrated by: Bob Sterry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

David loves his sons. The last thing he expects is that they will topple him from the throne. Who among them will remain by his side? Who will be not only loyal, but also eager to continue his legacy? For now, David remains silent, even as Amnon rapes Tamar, even as Absalom lures Amnon to his death. In families other than his, such crimes may be concealed. But when they occur in the king's family, they affect matters of the state, and result in his escape from the son he adores. Will he find a way to quell the revolt and come back to the City of David?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Father's Love Never Changes

  • By Joyce K. Retherford on 12-01-17

A Father's Love Never Changes

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

This book takes the listener back in time to the Biblical days of Kings and Queens and war among family members. King David has several children by several different wives. Back then a King could do whatever he wanted. He ruled the land wisely but was not so wise when it came to his sons.
This book made me realize that some things in life never change...many of the issues in this book such as incest and murder are still around today and will always be around.
I enjoyed the narrator's voice and the manner in which he spoke. I've always enjoyed how people conversed back in those days--such proper English.
I appreciate receiving this book in exchange for a review.
This was a gripping story and quite shocking in some parts but overall I totally enjoyed being brought back in time to this era.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • No Kill Station: Murder at Rehoboth Beach

  • By: Diane Meier
  • Narrated by: Kevin Iggens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

A brutal murder ends Matt's quiet life as a small town police officer after he discovers an organized crime ring that politicians ignore. His obsession with the case threatens not only his job but also his new romance with Clara, who is dearly loved by his son. This murder mystery thriller will grab you, especially if you love dogs and cats.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No kill station

  • By JEYCEE on 11-03-17

Save The Animals

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

I enjoyed this audio book that was given to me in exchange for a review.
I am an enthusiastic animal lover and totally believe in rescue procedures for all animals. This book endorses my beliefs greatly. I have to admit there were a few parts that were hard to hear about but these parts expressed what happens to some animals. It's a cruel world sometimes and I hope that anyone who listens to this book will be inspired to donate to a rescue facility. I joined the "Best Friends' group after the hurricanes lately.

The fact that this book was also a murder mystery made it even more interesting since I love a good mystery. The story is a good one and I really enjoyed it.

The narrator Kevin presented this book well.
I give this book 4 stars.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Spirit

  • By: Linda Rettstatt
  • Narrated by: Gwendolyn Druyor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Author Jessica Windsor has a serious case of writer's block - how can she write a romance novel with a broken heart? Andrew McCabe's spirit has lingered for two years in the mountain cabin waiting for justice so he can pass to the hereafter. Ben Gearing is haunted by a past he can't change and can't forget. All three need to be released for their spirits to be free.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Friendly Spirit

  • By Joyce K. Retherford on 10-22-17

The Friendly Spirit

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

I must admit I chose this book because of the awesome narrator Gwendolyn Druyor. She has always been my favorite!
This story is really compelling even though I don't believe in ghosts. It's just nice to wonder if they really could exist and the story makes me think that it could be possible.
I enjoy a good mystery and this one kept me intensely involved throughout the entire book. I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next!!
I was given this book in exchange for a review and I certainly am happy I listened to it.
One thing about reviews though is I hate to spoil the story.
Just listen for yourself and you will love it too ! The author Linda has a way of pulling in the readers or listeners! Thanks for this gift !

  • Summer Love

  • By: RaShelle Workman
  • Narrated by: Stacy Hinkle
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Simone St. James was a librarian from the tourist town of Bandon, Oregon. Two summers ago - before all hell broke loose - she met Sam. He was everything she ever wanted in a man: smart, funny, and jaw-droopingly gorgeous. But after eight perfect weeks together, he left without leaving a note. She hadn't heard from him. For nearly two freaking years there'd been nothing. Not a word. Until he sent her an email asking her to meet so he could explain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finding Miracles!

  • By Angela on 09-10-15

Love Will Find A Way

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

A good short story that reminds me of a good Hallmark movie. A couple meets and instantly are sexually attracted to each other. All seems wonderful until one day he just disappears out of her life. He never knew she had become pregnant and gave birth to his daughter. She goes on with her life and is a great mom. However, she finds out she is sick and may not have long to live. Suddenly she gets an email from him and he wants to see her again. At first she is very angry but soon realizes she still loves him and he deserves to know about his daughter. I don't want to spoil the rest of the story so I won't divulge any more but I totally enjoyed this story. I was giving this book in exchange for an honest review and I really appreciate it. The narrator is wonderful ! Enjoy this book for yourself !!

  • Zack's Ranch

  • Bridleton, Book 3
  • By: Becky Barker
  • Narrated by: Johnny Peppers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Zack Bartell is a strong, determined Texan who knows what he wants and is willing to fight for it. What he wants most in life is Meredith Courtland and a chance to develop his share of the family ranch at Bridleton. Meri has experienced the deep heartache of a lost love. She's emotionally wary and unwilling to risk her safe, secure position at Bridleton by having an affair with the incredibly desirable Bartell heir despite the fact that he's a walking, breathing temptation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved The Story

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 04-21-17

2nd Chance at Love

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

I've always enjoyed books about cowboys since my Dad and I watched all the old shows on TV when I was growing up in the 50's and 60's. I was his third daughter and since he didn't have a son I tried my best to be there for him and his cowboy shows.
I really enjoyed this book but it was nothing like what I used to watch as a kid. This was a hot and steamy story and I must say that I was well satisfied in the romance department. The story is an age old one in which the female has lost the love of her life and blames herself. She is afraid to love again but with the right encouragement from a handsome cowboy she realizes that she can fall in love for a 2nd time.
I was given this book in exchange for a review. I'm happy to say the narrator was fantastic and listening to the steam parts made my toes curl !! Good job to author and narrator and thanks for this opportunity !!