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  • A Magical Match

  • Witchcraft Mysteries Series, Book 9
  • By: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

Lily Ivory and her friends are planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women's shelter. When a figure from her past shows up unannounced, threatening her unless she returns something that belonged to him, Lily's fiance, Sailor, steps in to defend her. After the same man is found dead later that day, Sailor is the primary suspect. He swears he's innocent, but multiple witnesses ID him as the perpetrator of the assault. Lily vows to clear his name...only she's not sure where to start with the mounting evidence against him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can’t get enough of Lily and Oscar!!!

  • By Amy E Pruitt on 04-07-18

Love this whole series!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Lots of revelations, lots of love!!
Please get writing the next book!! A hint of a possible international adventure in the future, more fun reading

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wait for Signs

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,748
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,491

Ten years ago, Craig Johnson wrote his first short story, the Hillerman Award-winning "Old Indian Trick". This was one of the earliest appearances of the sheriff who would go on to star in Johnson’s best-selling, award-winning novels and the A&E hit series Longmire. Each Christmas Eve thereafter, fans rejoiced when Johnson sent out a new short story featuring an episode in Walt’s life that doesn’t appear in the novels; over the years, many have asked why they can’t buy the stories in book form.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • read after “Hell Is Empty” and after/before "Crow"

  • By Mark on 06-23-17

Doesn't get much better!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-15

Where does Wait for Signs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5 books.

What other book might you compare Wait for Signs to and why?

The humanity is similar to Tony Hillerman ' work but the wonderful humor is all his own.

Which scene was your favorite?

I have listened to the story with the out - house at least 5 times and still laugh out loud all the way through.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it is to be enjoyed in small bites and savored.

Any additional comments?

George Guidell is such a master of voices, male and female.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Paw and Order

  • A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 7
  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times best-selling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Stephen King has called Chet "a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre". Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn’s writing "major-league prose". Now the beloved team returns in another suspenseful novel that finds Chet sniffing around the capital city and using his street smarts to uncover a devilish plot.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Guinea Pig Did It!!

  • By Tracey on 08-08-14

Another fun dog helps human friend solve mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-19-14

If you could sum up Paw and Order in three words, what would they be?

Chet the "jet" rules!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Lots of twists and very likeable characters.

Have you listened to any of Jim Frangione’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

His narrative makes this audio book really fun. I laughed out loud many times.

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

I just loved listening to Chet's comments on the human conditions.

Any additional comments?

Sit back and enjoy!

  • The Lost Island

  • Gideon Crew, Book 3
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: David W. Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,270

Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist, master thief, is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment - only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Superficial

  • By Eva Gannon on 09-26-14

Their worst book!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The story line is ludicrous. Event the characters became very annoying especially the female lead. I have enjoyed many of their books and was very disappointed with this one.

What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The use of the Odyssee was just way too big a leap. Give me a break, a giant cyclops still alive on a lonely island inhabited by murderous natives. The "heros" are repeatedly in mortal danger and still the female lead keeps sabotaging any help. Also the last minute helicopter rescue is right out of a Star Trek movie.

What didn’t you like about David W. Collins’s performance?

He did what he could with a bummer script.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Big disappointment as I was looking forward to another good read from them.

Any additional comments?

I sure hope the next one makes up for this one.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • A Cast-Off Coven

  • Witchcraft Mysteries Series, Book 2
  • By: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187

Students are spooked at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, and Lily is called in to search for possible paranormal activity. In return she's been promised a trunkful of Victorian-era clothes recently discovered in a school storage closet. But Lily finds something else: the body of a wealthy patron of the school. In between running the store and seeing her new boyfriend, Max - a "mythbuster" who is uncomfortable with her witchcraft - she uses her sleuthing skills to try to solve the murder. Soon Lily senses something from the school's vintage clothes, but it's not the smell of mothballs - it's the unmistakable aura of evil intent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Speaking French

  • By Naked and Hungry on 12-06-12

A good witch in SF

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

Reviewed: 01-31-14

Would you consider the audio edition of A Cast-Off Coven to be better than the print version?

I love this series, wonderful characters, especially her familiar, and terrific voices!
A great way to relax.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Cast-Off Coven?

Her relationship with her two women friends who work with her in the shop. Strong female characters.

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

She is terrific!!

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

Her interactions with her familiar! Wish I had one like Oscar....

Any additional comments?

Juliet Blackwell's other series is just as good!!

  • Bruno, Chief of Police

  • By: Martin Walker
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 773

Bruno is a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life - living in his restored shepherd's cottage; patronizing the weekly market; sparring with, and basically ignoring, the European Union bureaucrats from Brussels. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes everything and galvanizes Bruno's attention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By J. Lindsey on 06-11-16

Like a tour of french wine country

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

Reviewed: 09-13-13

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

Yes, interesting mystery and wonderfully developed local culture and scenery.

What other book might you compare Bruno, Chief of Police to and why?

Hmmmm, kind of unique.

What about Robert Ian MacKenzie’s performance did you like?

His multiple voices with French accents were very well done.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, like good wine, wanted to savor over time.

Any additional comments?

Way to go Bruno!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How the Light Gets In

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,610
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,304

Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome Home!

  • By Nancy J on 09-06-13

New favorite book

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

Reviewed: 09-10-13

Would you listen to How the Light Gets In again? Why?

This is my most favorite Louise Penny book! Love the characters, nail biting tension and wonderful dialogue. She might be a "penny" but she is worth a fortune to readers/listeners.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, I have no finger nails left!

Which scene was your favorite?

The final battle scenes in Three Pines.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I have read all her books, this is her best.

  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,517

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Happy addition to a difficult genre

  • By Alice on 08-16-10

Too predictable for a spy

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

Reviewed: 03-25-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better material to work with.

Has Her Royal Spyness turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, just this one.

What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

Again, poor matereial to work with.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Her Royal Spyness?

Way too long an intro till she gets to London.

Any additional comments?

I lost interest very early on with the characters.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hexes and Hemlines

  • A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869

With her vintage clothing store taking off, Lily Ivory is finding that life in San Francisco suits her just fine. But her ability to sense vibrations from the past, so useful in locating secondhand gems, has landed her in the middle of a new mystery.... Lily gets called away from Aunt Cora's Closet when the police need a witch's take on a strange case. Malachi Zazi was stabbed to death in his apartment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love, Love, Love this series

  • By Shanley on 03-08-13

Kick back and enjoy!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Hexes and Hemlines to be better than the print version?

Yes, audio is almost always an enhancement.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite is still her familiar.

What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

Very good, can do many voices well. I forgot it was just one reader.

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

I laugh and smile through all the books in this series.

Any additional comments?

Please prod the author to hurry up with the next book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Speaking from Among the Bones

  • A Flavia de Luce Novel
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000

Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the best Flavia yet!!

  • By Donald on 03-17-13

Flavia is my hero!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

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

This is a unique series with great characters, especially Flavia.

What did you like best about this story?

This young girl is a master chemist and adventurer. She solve very complicated crimes in unique ways. Surprise ending with this one!

Which scene was your favorite?

Flavia inside the organ chamber with the bad guys.

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

I smiled through most of the book, laughed in a few places.

Any additional comments?

I sincerely hope the author hurries up with the next book after this ending!