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Carole Wooten

St. Louis, MO
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  • Whatever You Need

  • The Haneys, Book 2
  • By: Barbara Longley
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Painfully shy electrician Wyatt Haney is a pro at complex wiring jobs, but when it comes to women, he just can't seem to make a lasting connection. If he had even half the courage of the superhero he penned for his comic book series, he'd finally be able to talk to his beautiful neighbor, Kayla - and stop hiding behind a hoodie. When an electrical fire breaks out in Kayla's apartment, Wyatt comes to the rescue, sparking an attraction neither of them expected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I fell in love with Wyatt!

  • By Carole Wooten on 10-19-18

I fell in love with Wyatt!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

This was really good! I listened to the first book in the series a few months ago and enjoyed it so I decided to give this second book a try. I ended up liking this book even more than the first one. I ended up listening to the entire book in just two days and hated to set it aside. I really had a fantastic time with this contemporary romance.

I loved the characters in this book. Wyatt was amazing. He was such a good guy who has been through a lot. He is a quiet man who writes comic books and works for his family's construction company. He has also had his eye on his neighbor ever since she moved to his building. Kayla is a widowed single mom. She spends her days going to school to become a dental hygienist and the rest of her time is focused on her son, Brady.

I knew right away that Wyatt and Kayla were going to be really good together. They had great chemistry and seemed to understand each other in a way that others didn't. Wyatt was fantastic with Kayla's son, Brady, and I thought that those interactions really helped to develop their relationship. I loved the fact that Brady played such an important role in the story and I loved seeing all three of them together.

Teri Clark Linden did a great job with the narration of this story. She handled a pretty diverse group of characters without any difficulty. I thought that her delivery added a lot of emotion to the story which was a big plus. I found it easy to listen to this book for hours at a time. I have listened to Teri Clark Linden a few times now and she is quickly making her way onto my list of favorite narrators.

I would highly recommend this book to contemporary romance fans. Wyatt was a fantastic Hero and I loved watching the relationship between him and Kayla develop. These were two people that deserved their happily ever after and it was just a joy to see everything come together. I am looking forward to reading more from this series in the future.

  • Hollywood Heir

  • Westerly Billionaire Series, Book 4
  • By: Ruth Cardello
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Sage Revere follows her instincts, which have led to an oddball career as a plant psychologist. As a side project, she also helps strangers find happiness. Sage has a gift for knowing who needs her help, and the brooding hunk of a loner she meets in a coffee shop certainly fits the bill. She can feel it. On-screen, Eric Westerly is the hottest superhero there is. Offscreen, he’s out of rehab; incognito in London; and reevaluating his life, his career, and his broken family ties. All he wants is to be alone. Then along comes some daft plant whisperer who gets under his skin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I want my own Batcave!

  • By Carole Wooten on 10-18-18

I want my own Batcave!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I did like this romance quite a bit. I was really curious about how Eric's story would go after finishing the previous book in the series. He is a really interesting character and I was looking forward to learning more about him. I ended up having a great time with this audiobook.

Eric seems to have everything. He is wealthy and everyone seems to love him. He is a well-known actor that is best known for his portrayal of the superhero Water Bear Man. He is somewhat lost and is having a hard time figuring out how to move forward. Sage comes from a wealthy family but she takes care of herself. She works to help people through her chosen career as a plant psychologist.

Eric is hiding in plain sight as an average guy named Wayne when he meets Sage. I liked these two together from the start and thought that they had a lot of chemistry together. Eric / Wayne does have a few moments where he makes some pretty bad decisions and doesn't always treat Sage in the manner she deserves. Some of that blame could be placed with Delinda who is busy making things difficult and interfering in things that really should be left alone. I was pleased to see the Westerly family back together before this book came to an end. It was great to check in with the characters from the earlier books and to see everyone start to come together.

I would recommend this audiobook to others. I thought that Teri Clark Linden continued to do a great job with the series. She is able to cover both the male and female parts of the story without any problems. I think that she has a very pleasant voice and I was able to listen to the book for hours at a time. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more from this narrator or pick up another book written by Ruth Cardello.

  • Royal Heir

  • Westerly Billionaire Series
  • By: Ruth Cardello
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

 Rachelle Westerly needs a break. After years of acting as the family peacekeeper, she’s finally ready to take a step back. Her movie-star brother has offered her the perfect escape. But on the very first day of her vacation, she steps onto a red carpet and straight into the arms of a real-life prince - and the promise of just the kind of flash and fortune that tore her own family apart. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I missed the family drama

  • By Carole Wooten on 10-18-18

I missed the family drama

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I liked this one but I think that it was the weakest book in the series for me. I don't usually look for royal romances and I am not really sure if I am a fan of the trope or not. I like the idea of a royal romance but I can't really think of any that I was excited to read either. I wanted to read this book because I really enjoyed the first two books from the series and wanted to see what would happen to the other members of the Westerly family. I was never completely hooked by this story but I did find it to be a decent listen.

I must say that I missed the family drama from the first two books. This book takes Rachelle overseas to be with her brother, Eric, who has been largely absent from the series. Many of the characters that I loved from the first two books were not even in the country for this one. Rachelle wasn't my favorite from the earlier books in the series so I really missed seeing the rest of the group.

I can't say that I really liked Magnus. I can see that he had some good qualities but I was never completely won over by him. I did like seeing Rachelle and Eric grow a bit closer and I thought that the charity work that the characters were involved in was quite touching.

I am glad that I listened to this book. Teri Clark Linden did a great job with the narration handling a large cast of characters with ease. She added a lot of excitement to the story. I think that readers who are fans of royal romances might like this one a bit more than I did.

  • Lovers at Seaside

  • Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers
  • By: Addison Cole
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rivers, Aiden Snow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Parker has been running on autopilot ever since she lost her friend, mentor, and the only family she’s ever known, Bert Stein. Armed with junk food, tequila, and her big, lovable dog, she’s prepared to hole up and mourn - and determined to mend a fence Bert had never been able to with his estranged and bitter brother. But Parker didn’t count on the handsome artist she’s been fantasizing about for nearly a year walking in on her grief-induced drunken night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • River and Snow teams up with Cole wow wow

  • By The Book Junkie Reads . . . on 10-17-18

A quick and pleasant read

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I liked this one but it wasn't a story that really stood out to me. This is the ninth book in the Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series but it reads perfectly fine as a stand-alone while readers of the series will enjoy checking in with some of the characters from earlier books. I found this quick and pleasant read and liked the chemistry between the characters.

Parker is an actress taking some much needed alone time after the loss of her good friend and mentor. Her friend, Bert, was like family to her and she now feels alone in the world. Grayson is an artist who has been working on a project for Parker for the past several months. Grayson finds Parker drunk and wants to help her put the pieces back together. Add in Parker's adorable dog, Christmas, and things are looking up.

I liked Parker and Grayson together and I found their relationship to quite authentic. I thought that they had some great chemistry with each other and connected well from the very start. I really didn't see any obstacles to their relationship and honestly, things went really smoothly with the exception of a quick hiccup at the end of the book. In some ways, I would have like to see a bit more drama between these two characters.

This book is narrated by Lucy Rivers and Aiden Snow and it was my first experience with both of their work. I did prefer Aiden Snow's performance in this book and would find that I was a bit disappointed when the narration would change at times. I thought that Lucy Rivers also did a fine job with the story but I found her narration to be somewhat monotonous at times.

I do think that a lot of readers will enjoy this one a bit more than I did. I thought that the characters were very well done but I wish that the book had just a bit more drama to hold my attention.

I received a copy of this audiobook from the author / publicist.

  • The Last Move

  • By: Mary Burton
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,512

In this gripping stand-alone from bestselling author Mary Burton, an FBI agent must catch a copycat killer. The only difference this time: she's the final victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mary Burton consistently writes winners!

  • By shelley on 09-21-17

Worked really well!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I thought that this book worked really well. I have only read one book by Mary Burton before starting this one but I enjoyed it so I was pretty eager to pick this one up. I was really pulled into the story from the start and ended up listening to the entire book in just a couple of days. This was a book that I wanted to listen to for hours at a time and completely enjoyed the experience.

Kate is an FBI agent and we learn pretty early on that she handles some pretty difficult cases. She is called to a crime scene in Texas that has all of the trademarks of another criminal. A criminal that Kate put behinds bars. She has to figure out what is going on quickly before anyone else is harmed.

Detective Theo Mazur is a divorced father who has recently moved to Texas to remain close to his daughter. He is the new guy at the department, having left a more prestigious position in Chicago, and reaches out for help to the FBI just as soon as he sees the similarities between his case and the notorious killer.

I thought that Kate and Theo made a great team. I liked how their partnership seemed to work from the very beginning. I was completely hooked by the case. There were so many twists and turns that I couldn't figure out how things would work out. I liked that there were a few other issues that they were dealing with outside of the case because it made the characters feel a lot more authentic. Kate's past, her relationship with her family, and Theo's desire to stay near his daughter were all not only interesting but each topic added to the overall story.

Teri Schnaubelt did a wonderful job with the narration. There is a pretty large group of characters in this story and she made each one of them come alive. I was completely engaged in the story from the very start and found myself hanging on every word. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more of her work in the future.

I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a fantastic mystery thriller with just a bit of romance worked into the story. The romance was a very minor but quite natural element in the book. I found this book to be rather exciting and hard to put down. I hope to read more from Mary Burton soon.

I won a digital copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway and borrowed the audio from Kindle Unlimited.

  • Shivaree

  • By: J. D. Horn
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

As the Korean War ends, practical and well-mannered army nurse Corinne Ford returns stateside to live in the Mississippi town of Conroy with her new fiancé, Private First Class Elijah Dunne. She wonders if their love is strong enough to overshadow their differences, but upon her arrival to Elijah's backwoods stomping grounds, she understands that culture shock is the least of her worries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Gothic Horror

  • By Holly C. Salley on 07-23-16

Some parts were better than others

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

This was an okay read for me. I have had this book for a long time but never got around to reading it for one reason or another. I decided to give the audiobook a try and think that it was a good choice. I really didn't know a lot about the book before I got started with it and ended up rather surprised by the subject matter. It was a good surprise. This was a book that I ended up liking some parts much more than others but am glad I picked it up.

This book is set right after the Korean War in the small town of Conroy. The book does include quite a few points of view and I found it a bit hard to keep up at times. Once I realized there was a vampire in the book, I felt a bit of a thrill since I had no idea this book would include anything out of the ordinary. I liked that the vampire in this story isn't sparkly or sexy. This is a dark evil kind of vampire.

I wasn't really too much of a fan of the characters in this book. The only two characters that appealed to me at all was Corinne and Ruth. There were some pretty horrible characters in this book. Elijah's mom was dreadful on really every level. The judge was equally horrible but had control over much of the town. Really everyone besides and Corinne and Ruth were just awful but I do think that was as the author intended it to be.

Despite not liking most of the characters, I was curious about how everything would work out in the story. There are a lot of hidden secrets in the town of Conroy and it was very eye-opening when they were revealed. There were parts of the story that really had me at the edge of my seat but I felt that the book was rather uneven at times.

Angela Dawe did a great job with the narration. This book had a large cast of characters and I thought she did a great job with all of them. I thought that she added a lot of excitement to the story and I found it quite easy to listen to the book for hours at a time. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more of her work.

I am glad that I gave this book a try. I think that a lot of readers will enjoy this story a bit more than I did. I would definitely read more from J.D. Horn in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Amazon Publishing - 47th North via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from Kindle Unlimited.

  • Up for Heir

  • Westerly Billionaire Series, Book 2
  • By: Ruth Cardello
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Spencer Westerly is his own man. He didn't need his father's money to build his wildly successful tech company - and he doesn't want to deal with the fallout from old family secrets. But as much as Spencer wants to avoid Westerly drama, his grandmother - the family matriarch - is determined to pull him back into the fold. And she's discovered the perfect lure: his college sweetheart, Hailey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great second chance romance!

  • By Carole Wooten on 09-14-18

Great second chance romance!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

This really was a great romance! After finishing the previous book from this series, I couldn't wait to find out more of Spencer's story. This really is a series that needs to be read in order since the plot surrounding the family starts in the first book. I had a great time listening to this story.

Spencer was one of the focal points of the previous book which left him at a very low point in his life. I couldn't wait to find out how he was doing and hopefully watch him deal with some pretty big issues. Hailey has also been through a lot. She lost her father years ago and just recently lost her brother. She is now the guardian of her niece, Sky, and has to make that the priority in her life.

Hailey takes a job as Delinda Westerly's personal assistant and her and Sky move into the guest house at her home. She has no idea that her employer is in any way related to her old boyfriend, Spencer. Of course, their paths cross and they end up spending some time with each other and quickly find out that their attraction to each other is just as strong as it ever was.

I had a great time watching Hailey and Spencer fall in love all over again. I also enjoyed getting to know Delinda Westerly a lot better and found that the relationships between Delinda, Sky, and Hailey were very well done. I thought that Spencer's relationship problems with his family were dealt with very well in this book. Spencer grew a lot as a character by the end of this story.

Terri Clark Linden continued to do a great job with this series. Her voices for the various characters in this series are very well done. In this book, there was a lot of dialogue from Delinda, an elderly character, and Sky, a young child, and I thought she represented all of the characters very well. I can't wait to listen to more of this series.

I would recommend this series to fans of contemporary romance. There is a lot of depth to the relationships within this story and a romance that melted my heart. I can't wait to read more about the Westerly family.

  • In the Heir

  • Westerly Billionaire Series, Book 1
  • By: Ruth Cardello
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

Brett Westerly is his father's golden child, but it's come at a cost. As head of the family corporation, he throws himself into his work - hiding in his office is easier than confronting the reality of his broken family. After a bitter divorce that split the family and divided loyalties, the wealthy Westerly matriarch offers an early inheritance to any grandchild who marries and invites the entire family to the wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable

  • By 20 Paws Mom on 10-04-17

Loved the family dynamics!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I really enjoyed this audiobook. This was my first experience with Ruth Cardello's writing and I am very happy that it turned out to be a positive one. I actually won a copy of the second book from the series but decided that I wanted to start at the beginning which turned out to be a very good choice. I ended up listening to the book in only a couple of days because I was having such a good time with it.

I went into this book expecting a romance and it did deliver on that expectation but I was surprised that the story surrounding the Westerly family would be such an important element in the story. When Delinda Westerly offers an early inheritance to the first grandchild who marries and invites the rest of the family, Spencer and his friend, Alisha, make plans to walk down the aisle. They are not in love but are great friends so they see no problem with the arrangement.

Brett meets Alisha through Spencer and can't get her out of his mind. Alisha isn't afraid to stand up to the anyone and does just that when it can protect those that she cares about. When everything falls apart, Brett is the one who is there for Alisha and I loved watching their connection to each other grow. I thought that these two characters worked really well together and I liked how they seemed to bring out the best of each other.

Terri Clark Linden did a great job with this book. I thought that she handled a pretty diverse cast of characters very well and brought a lot of emotion to the story. I have listened to her work several times and have always found her narration to be very pleasant to listen to.

I would recommend this book to romance fans. I thought that this story was really compelling and filled with wonderful characters. I plan to read much more from Ruth Cardello in the future.

  • Jane Doe

  • A Novel
  • By: Victoria Helen Stone
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty and extra efficient. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes - meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven. But plain Jane is hiding something. Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. So she can take it all away. Just as he did to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vengeance & Retribution!!!!

  • By shelley on 08-07-18

I couldn't put it down!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This was great! I first heard about this book on Goodreads where some of my friends were discussing some of the books that have been recommended by Ilona Andrews. I immediately straightened up a bit and started taking note of the books being mentioned because I can't think of anyone I would rather take book recommendations from that Ilona Andrews. Once I realized that I could borrow this audiobook from Kindle Unlimited, I decided that it would be my next listen...and what a great listen it was!

Jane Doe has a plan and she knows how she needs to act in order to complete her mission. She is looking for revenge from a man that she has never met Steven Hepsworth. Jane becomes the perfect person to get close to Steven with her carefully planned and executed actions. Steven thinks he has met someone that he can have in his life for as long as he wants. Jane's hate for the man grows exponentially by the day.

It was wonderful having the chance to be in Jane's head as she went through her plan and worked to remain in character. I loved her inner dialogue and often found quite a bit of humor in it. It was kind of interesting to get to know the real Jane while she was playing the role of a very different individual to those around her most of the time. There were times where Jane was able to to show more of her true self and the contrast was very eye-opening.

I loved the fact that I wasn't always sure who the bad guy was in this story. I mean Jane is out for revenge and embraces the fact that she is a sociopath but I still liked her more than Steven. He was truly horrible but completely oblivious of that fact. The more that I read, the more that I wanted to see him suffer.

I thought that Nicol Zanzerella did an amazing job with the narration. This was the first time that I have had an opportunity to listen to this narrator's work and I was very impressed. This book is told entirely from Jane's point of view and I thought that she captured her personality very well. It was always very obvious when Jane was speaking as the character she was using for her revenge. I found her voice to be very pleasant and wanted to listen to the book for hours at a time. I do plan to look for more of her work in the future.

I would recommend this book to others. I had a great time with this darker story that held more than a few surprises. I definitely plan to read more from this author in the future.

  • Fatal Frost

  • A Dewberry Farm Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Karen MacInerney
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

Lucy Resnick's nerves are as tight as a tea cozy. Her new goats, Hot Lips and Gidget, keep making a break for the town square, her truck is dying, and her boyfriend's gorgeous ex-wife is in town for the holidays. Worse, someone's digging holes on her land...and uprooting her peach orchard and dewberry patch in the process. Lucy needs additional holiday stress like she needs a blow to the head - which she receives one night, courtesy of the mystery digger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not again!

  • By Troublemer on 10-31-17

A fun listen!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This was a fun listen. I listened to the first book in this series a little over a year ago and I have been wanting to get back to it ever since. Since I am currently in the middle of a three month Kindle Unlimited membership, I grabbed this just as soon as I saw that it was available in the program. This is the second book in the Dewberry Farm Mysteries series but I think that it would work perfectly fine. It was really nice to spend a bit of time with Lucy and the other characters from Buttercup.

I didn't even realize that this was a Christmas story until I got started listening. My eyes are not great anymore so I did not notice the Christmas lights on the cover and I rarely read blurbs very closely so I was pretty clueless. If you are not a fan of Christmas stories, this really only had a touch of the holiday worked into the story.

There were quite a few things going on in this book and it was great watching Lucy try to figure everything out. She happens to be around when a body is pulled from a fire and quickly notices that there might be something strange about the situation. Her best friend's teenage daughter has runaway to get married causing quite a bit of drama. Her best friend ends up in jail but Lucy knows she is innocent so she works to find the information that lead to the real criminal. To top everything off, someone is busy looking for treasure in town and is even digging around on Lucy's farm.

I liked the characters quite a bit. Lucy is great and has a lot of spunk. She really is happy in the little town of Buttercup and can handle difficult situations very well. Her boyfriend wasn't around a whole lot in this book and I did miss him a little but their relationship did have some progress which I was happy with. Lucy's friends played an important role and the goats she adopts at the beginning of the story added a few interesting moments.

I thought that the mystery was really well done. I liked how some things connected to other things going on in the book while others were really unrelated. I had a few suspicions but I couldn't get everything figured out until it was revealed in most cases which added to the fun. There were some pretty exciting moments where I wasn't really sure how things would work out. This was one of those books that I kept wanting to listen to just a bit more because I had to know what was going to happen next.

Teri Clark Linden does a great job with the narration. I really felt like I was right there with Lucy as she was making her way through the story. I think she handled all of the character voices very well and really brought the story to life. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more of her work in the future.

I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this story had a great cast of characters and a compelling mystery. I really have enjoyed the audiobooks for the first two books and must admit that I was disappointed to find that no audiobook is currently available for the remainder of the series but I would still like to finish the series soon.