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  • The Hunt for Excalibur

  • Sam Reilly, Book 16
  • By: Christopher Cartwright
  • Narrated by: David Gilmore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

On March 11, 2011, the Japanese fishing trawler Hoshi Maru accidentally hauled up something deadly into its live-fish hold. The crew, having discovered their mistake, raced toward the harbor in the hope that they might survive. They never made it. Presumed sunk by the tsunami that ravaged the coastline of Japan, its crew were declared dead. Seven years later, the shipwreck washed up on Cannon Beach, Oregon....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Thriller! Great Narration!

  • By Jan M on 05-24-19

Excellent adventure!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-19

action-adventure, thriller, suspense, paramilitaries

Excellent adventure full of twists and suspense! Held my attention from beginning to end, even though this is the first I've read in the series. The publisher's blurb is pretty limited, but I don't do spoilers either. I only know that I really got into it!
David Gilmore is great at interpreting the story in narration.
I received the free audio copy in a giveaway. I win!

  • Sally Stanford

  • California's Grand Bordello House Madam
  • By: Alton Pryor
  • Narrated by: Curt Troutwine
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Sally Stanford was a bawdy house madam like no other. She put her houses of prostitution in the most upscale area of San Francisco and charged her customers accordingly. She paid her girls the top wages of the industry and helped them deal with their problems along the way. Sally didn't hesitate to fight the powers that be in city hall and other branches of government. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly misleading title, but interesting stories

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-19

An informative listen!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-19

historical-figures, historical-places-events, historical-research

Hey, I really enjoyed this little book! It's very short and pulls a lot of information about Sally from her own published memoirs about her businesses in San Francisco and elsewhere in the from Prohibition to post WW2. About the last third of the book is comprised of the stories of other Parlor House Madams in the mid to late nineteenth century. It all sounded so much more voluntary and safer than for the women I tended in inner city hospital and jail in the late twentieth century.
Curt Troutwine provides an excellent narration!
I won a free audio copy in a giveaway! I win!

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  • The Girl from Kandahar

  • Tales of MI7, Book 2
  • By: James Ward
  • Narrated by: Sheila Daly Payson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

What if, to save thousands of lives, you had to trigger the destruction of the only person you’d ever loved? In Afghanistan, British secret servicewoman Marcie Brown, posing as the third wife of one of ISAF’s most trusted operatives, is killed in a drone strike. Or at least, that’s what the official report states. Deep inside enemy territory, what remains of her body is deemed irrecoverable. Seven thousand miles away, her grieving husband, MI7 officer Nicholas Fleming, joins a police investigation which stumbles onto an Islamist plot to bomb central London - and he uncovers evidence that one of the bombers is his wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Jan on 05-22-19

Riveting!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-19

espionage, Afghanistan, London, terrorism, women, action, thriller, cultural-exploration *****

Riveting. Frighteningly close to plausible reality. This one grabbed me by the imagination and held on tight. The publisher's blurb is pretty good but downplays the gory aspects while focusing on the hopeful. Simply excellent!
Sheila Daly Payson is exceptional for her moving narration.
I won the audio free in a giveaway! Thank you!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What Child Is This?

  • By: Alice K. Boatwright
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

In this sequel to Under an English Heaven, newlywed American Ellie Kent is looking forward to her first English village Christmas, but a missing Oxford student and an abandoned baby soon draw her away from the fireside into danger. When a body is discovered on Boxing Day, Ellie comes to believe all these events may be linked through a group of teenage girls who identify with Shakespeare's tragic Ophelia. The police scoff at her theory, so Ellie pursues her own investigation to identify their secret Hamlet, who may be a killer. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Jan on 05-18-19

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 05-18-19

cozy-mystery, England, law-enforcement, murder, murder-investigation

A year ago Ellie was a professor, had an ex husband and an ex lover, and celebrated Christmas with her parents in California. This Christmas she is a vicar's wife and amicable stepmother in a Cotswold village with a new assortment of friends including some of her friends' teenagers. And she soon became involved in the second murder investigation and a missing person since taking up residence. The detective on the cases is predictably less than pleased with her involvement. There is a young woman gone missing nearly three months, an unknown tiny newborn in the creche during the Christmas Eve service, a young woman who did not commit suicide, and other linked mysteries. The mystery is well crafted and the characters are engaging.
I have it as Whispersync and Saskia Maarleveld proves to be a remarkable voice performer!

  • Wisteria Witches

  • Wisteria Witches Mysteries, Volume 1
  • By: Angela Pepper
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

Zara Riddle moved to a small town so her life could be quiet and safe. But now that her witch powers have kicked in, life is anything but. Long-lost relatives are coming out of the woodwork, and it turns out the family tree is riddled with magic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny and clever from start to finish!

  • By Montzalee Wittmann on 07-30-18

Laugh yourself silly!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-19

paranormal, librarian, snark-fest, puntastic, witches, shifters, small-town, family-dynamics, cozy-mystery

When Zara and her daughter moved to their new home in Wisteria they had never lived in a small town, didn't really remember Zara's Aunt Z, didn't believe in witches or shifters, and thought it was freaky cool that they both had the same shade of red hair. Things changed. They met Aunt Z, learned that they came from a family of witches (and that they were witches as well), met a wolf shifter, and learned a lot about living in a small town. And that the previous owner of their house had died under suspicious circumstances. The characters are all more than a little zany, and the snarks and puns kept me giggling and carrying on throughout.
Tiffany Williams proved to be a fantastic voice performer with the ability to separate the characters as well as pull off all the fun with the equivalent of a straight face!
I won the audiobook in a giveaway! I really win!

  • The Ghost Ships of Archangel

  • The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis
  • By: William Geroux
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

On the fourth of July, 1942, four Allied ships traversing the Arctic separated from their decimated convoy to head further north into the ice field of the North Pole, seeking safety from Nazi bombers and U-boats in the perilous white maze of ice floes, growlers, and giant bergs. Despite the risks, they had a better chance of survival than the rest of Convoy PQ-17, a fleet of 35 cargo ships carrying $1 billion worth of war supplies to the Soviet port of Archangel - the limited help Roosevelt and Churchill extended to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin to maintain their fragile alliance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History at its finest!

  • By Jan on 05-16-19

History at its finest!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-19

naval-history, war-is-hell, WW2, arctic-warfare, historical-places-events, historical-research

4-4-2019 Amazing research and presentation! I kept diving into it despite my total lack of foreknowledge. So much to learn and keep annoying friends and family with tidbits and more, even the Norwegians! Ok, just to give examples: in 1940 the Norse who were at sea when the Nazis seized Norway were forced to live at sea or in temporary lodgings in Allied or Neutral nations, one converted Liberty Ship in the convoy included an old cannon from a public park in Baltimore among its armaments, not only was the Nazi Wolfpack doing their best to annihilate the convoy but so was the cold weather and the ice. Included among the many resources is a diary of an Able Bodied Seaman.
I need to get a print copy for the library and hope that an audio is made for a fanatic who spends a lot of time in his car!
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Penguin Group-VIKING via NetGalley. Thank you!
5-16-19 Just bought the audio performed by the inimitable Arthur Morey!

  • Ghost a la Mode

  • A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • Narrated by: Sandra Murphy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • 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

Granny was famous for her award-winning apple pies - and notorious for murdering her husband Jacob at their homestead in Julian, California. The only trouble is, Granny was framed, then murdered. For more than 100 years, Granny's spirit has been searching for someone to help her see that justice is served - and she hits pay dirt when she pops in to a séance attended by her great-great-great-granddaughter, modern-day divorced mom Emma Whitecastle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm sorry

  • By Susan Crowe on 05-10-19

Good fun!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-19

cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, paranormal, ghosts, California, verbal-humor, situational-humor

***** I win! An author I've never read, the first book in a series, a narrator I've never listened to, and won in a giveaway!
The publisher's blurb is a pretty good hook, but the story is even better. I'm not really into plot summaries or spoilers, but the mystery is quite well done and there are some really good laughs.
Sandra Murphy is the audio performer who does great interpretations of each interesting character.

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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 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

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

Super!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-19

family-dynamics, female-sleuth, friendship, missing-persons, Toronto, cosy-mystery

A good investigator keeps digging with due diligence, an exceptional one knows when to call in friends and new acquaintances. Callie's investigation is excellent. Anyone can go off track when there is more than one person driving the misdirections, and when most of the people being questioned are skilled liars it is hard to identify the red herrings. The publisher's blurb is a good start, but reading this book is soooo worth the time!
Claira Jordyn gives voice to all the disparate characters, even the despicable ones, and is simply the finest narrator for this book!
I won a free audiobook in a giveaway. Super!

  • Louise's Chance

  • A Louise Pearlie Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Sarah R. Shaber
  • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

1940s Washington, DC, government girl Louise Pearlie has a new job inside the OSS -the Office of Strategic Services: recruiting German prisoners of war for a secret mission inside Nazi Germany. It’s a big chance for her, and Louise hopes she can finally escape her filing and typing duties. With the job comes two new colleagues: Alice Osborne, a propaganda expert, and Merle Ellison, a forger from Texas who just happens to speak fluent German. But when the three arrive at Fort Meade camp to interview the first German POWs to arrive there, their mission is beset by complications.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Ivy Moore on 05-01-19

Great!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-19

WW2, spies, prisoners-of-war, amateur-sleuth, historical-novel, historical-research, historical-setting, friendship *****

Louise is a 30ish widow working in the OSS in a clerical capacity when she is tagged for a job within the agency as assistant to a propaganda expert. The pay is better but some parts are a bit scary, like her very first airplane ride and then staying close to a POW camp to take notes while prisoners are interviewed. Lots of things are very real, like the effects of rationing and attitudes towards women. There are a couple of subplots that add interesting aspects as well.
Jenny Hoops is the perfect voice performance narrator as she really adds good things to the characters.
I was very lucky to win the audio in a giveaway!

  • Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger)

  • By: E. J. Stevens
  • Narrated by: Melanie A. Mason, David Wilson Brown
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Holidays are hell, a point driven home when a certain demon attorney returns with information regarding a series of bloody murders. Five Harborsmouth residents have been killed, and every victim has one thing in common - they are fae. Whoever is killing faeries must be stopped, but they only leave one clue behind - a piece of mistletoe floating in a pool of the victim's blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved everything about this story, look forward

  • By Teresa on 06-30-15

Don't miss!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-19

paranormal, urban-fantasy, private-investigators, hunters, verbal-humor, friendship, suspense, action

Someone is killing fae in Harborsmouth and that's definitely not a good thing, especially at Christmas time when there are a lot more humans in town. Ivy can't touch anything or anyone without gloves on or she gets crazymaking visions, but she is the one who is tasked with investigating and ending the threat. She has many friends and some can help, but others must be protected. Great book whether you've read others in the series or not!
Two narrators! Melanie A Mason and David Wilson Brown are an amazing team!
I won the audio in a giveaway! I win!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful