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  • Exit Strategy

  • Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Colleen Cross
  • Narrated by: Petrea Burchard
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Diamonds, danger, and a deadly secret... A Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller. Private investigator and forensic accountant Katerina Carter uncovers a sinister connection between blood diamonds and organized crime. Then two company employees are brutally murdered and her investigation becomes much more dangerous than she had ever imagined. Can she can stay alive long enough to expose the real criminals...or will her first case be her last? Buy this audiobook today!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME!!!!

  • By Jan M on 10-15-18

Yes!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

This audiobook had all the bada** elements of a great action movie. There were falsified diamonds, high speed chases, murders, kidnapping, and a ton of other adventures packed into this book.

Katerina is a fantastically strong character. When she first takes the case to study the possible fraud at Liberty, she doesn’t think her discovery will land her in such danger. However, once she learns the truth, she refuses to give up, going so far as to risk implicating herself and her Uncle Harry in the fraud just to keep the money out of the hands of the wrong people.

I absolutely adored her strength though I have to admit that a few parts of the book had me laughing. For example, when Katerina decided to steal one of the CEO’s trash and got into a scuffle with a raccoon, I was giggling furiously.

All in all, this is a fantastically sound thriller with lots going on and fantastic characters. I will definitely be continuing on in this series.

This book was given to me for free at my request, and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Complete Series: Eli Carter & The Ghost Hackers - Paranormal Mysteries Books 1-3

  • By: Angela Pepper
  • Narrated by: John Pirhalla
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Life in a post-apocalyptic city teeming with zombies isn't easy, but it can still be fun with the right friends by your side. Meet Eli Carter, delivery driver turned ghost hunter, and his Ghost Hackers team. This collection includes the first three books in the collection: The Cat Who Went Bump in the Night, The Ghost Who Wasn't There, and the The Dog Who Barked Fire

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny Character Driven Supernatural Cozy Mysteries

  • By James Marsh on 02-25-19

Fantastic Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

So when I first started listening to this audiobook, I expected a book on the more serious side. However, I quickly realized that this set of three novellas is witty, charming, and sometimes downright hilarious. I love the main character and the way that he sees the world, especially his girlfriend and his day to day life.

Eli is used to being told what to do by his girlfriend so when he meets a mysterious boy named Khan one day at work, his life changes for the better. When a new job opportunity is presented to him, he makes the decision to take it and from there, we see Eli gradually shift from an awkward beaten down man to a strong, confident character.

The narration was great, and each novella was hooking in its own way. My only question about this audiobook is what exactly happened in the crash down area? It was touched on briefly, but the stories could’ve been so much richer if we had more information about what exactly had turned the humans into zombie-like creatures.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • The Haunted High Series

  • 5 Book Series
  • By: Cheree Alsop
  • Narrated by: Mark Sanderlin
  • Length: 31 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

A life-threatening accident reveals to Finn that he is a werewolf; the next morning, he receives an invitation to a secluded high school. Finn quickly realizes that the school is in fact an academy for monsters that is far more perilous and full of adventure than he ever expected. But Haunted High has had a dangerous history with werewolves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Harry Potter feel

  • By SparkysGirl18 on 03-08-19

This Series Has it All!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

While listening to all these books in one go is a lengthy feat, I promise it is well worth it. This is a fantastic series that has everything in a great YA saga: friendship, travels, ghosts, werewolves, snarky humor, and ever-growing characters. Oh, and dragons. Can’t have a truly epic YA without dragons.

If you’re a fan of immersive fiction like Harry Potter, this series is a must read. Or should I say listen!

  • Blood Conspiracy

  • Brooklyn Shadows, Book 2
  • By: Brock Deskins
  • Narrated by: Brock E. Deskins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Percy altered the Cure in a way to make it easier to create his little vampire army, but his new vampires have attitude problems and are worse at playing by the rules than I am, and they are the mess I’m trying to clean up. No biggie, I’m pretty good at that kind of housecleaning. The only problem is that someone called the cops on Percy’s little house party. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Deskins story - with vampires!

  • By Katarina on 03-03-19

Love Cynical Vampires

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

This story begins with cynical vampire Leo, and we follow him through a whole mess of shenanigans. Since I came into this story on book two without reading the first one, I wasn’t sure what to think of Leo, but even though he can be a bit, I’ll say bold, at times, he was definitely one of those characters you find yourself rooting for.

While it references events from book one, the story was laid out in a way that it isn’t entirely necessary to read the first one to know what was going. I wasn’t crazy about the narration, but it was okay.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Through the Psyche of Ambrosia: Part I

  • Worlds Beyond Scripture: Book 1
  • By: Byron Fortin
  • Narrated by: John Joseph Rogers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Meet Ambrosia as he is invited by a wealthy philanthropist to leave behind his life of general obscurity, safely sheltered from society, to enter a world of intriguing characters in the city of Hartland. But if he only knew what was to come, he may have never stepped onto that plane. He soon becomes terrorized in a dream so intensely real his mind cannot seem to let go of it and is plagued by disturbing images of infatuation from another time and place. Afraid he is spiraling into madness, Ambrosia seeks out the help of those around him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Interesting and Complex Listen

  • By Shannon G on 03-22-19

Unique Story

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

So this is a very different type of read. Right away, as a reader, I was thrown off by the concept of the book starting on chapter three. This book details the journey of a young man who is pulled from his world into the modern day. As he comes to grips with his new life, he is haunted by his past, and must do what he can to adjust and survive.

The way he sees things is fresh and new, especially when it comes to pretty girls. I thought the descriptions throughout the book were beautiful albeit over winded at times. There are some patches of dialogue that are funny, some that are integral to the story, and some that I thought were just unhelpful to the story overall.

This is a very complex narrative, one that requires a bit of in depth thought to truly appreciate. I think I’ll continue on with the series to see what the next one has to offer because this one left me certainly curious.

  • Nobody's Angel

  • Hard Case Crime, Book 65
  • By: Jack Clark
  • Narrated by: Peter Lerman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Chicago cabbie Eddie Miles isn’t looking for trouble. He’s just trying to get through another tough night in a dangerous city. When he stumbles on a teenage prostitute left for dead, he finds himself unable to turn away.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story and narrator

  • By timj26 on 02-22-19

The World of a Chicago Cab Driver

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I loved this short dive into the world of cabdriving in Chicago. Through the eyes of Eddie Miles, we get a unique view into the thoughts and feelings of cab drivers and how they deal with dangerous situations. When one of their own is murdered, tensions run high, and Eddie finds himself in the middle of a dangerous cat and mouse game. Anyone could be the murderer, and the only way to tell is to let them in his cab.

Eddie’s character is probably one of the most well-rounded characters I’ve ever read about. He’s normal, an unlikely hero, but he does things that no one else will. A lot of the cab drivers won’t go into dangerous neighborhoods and won’t pick up people with a certain look. Eddie will pick up anyone, even knowing how dangerous that could be. He’s seen all the tricks and knows how to keep himself safe at all times.

The narration for the audiobook had a lilt that matched perfectly to the tone of the audiobook.

All in all, this was a great little noir recommended to all fans of detective/murder mystery stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I'm Not Your Slave

  • By: Eric Reese
  • Narrated by: Sangita Chauhan
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Imtiyaaz, a Muslim girl, who just graduated from high school, is hired by a recruitment agency to travel across shores to Dubai to begin working. Though her friends have reservations about going abroad, Imtiyaaz sees a new door opening. Through her father's generosity and small savings, she has been given the green light to begin her career. The new world, heightened expectations, and the luxurious culture is enthralling and scary for this young lady. Just when as she begins to unpack after arriving, she is called to begin work immediately. Is it just a mistake? Or is it coincidence?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought it would be

  • By Amy Wollenhaupt on 03-21-19

Powerful

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

Heartbreaking and tragic, I’m Not Your Slave tells the story of a young woman who believes she is getting a new job to help start her life, but who sadly ends up a victim of human trafficking instead.

Because this was such a short book, the change that the main character took from start to end was made more striking. Things like this happen a lot in the world, and the way the author described it all made it easy to see just how these things occur.

The only thing I had a problem with was the number of flashbacks. The story was a bit too short for that to work well, and I think if the story had focused more on the present, it would’ve delivered the message it intends just a little better.

Other than that, this is definitely a well-written piece. I would recommend this to everyone who can stomach darker but eye-opening works.

  • Sick of Murder

  • By: Amelia Morgan
  • Narrated by: Robin Waters
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Meg Walton can't believe her luck. Shortly after her detective boyfriend, Connor Smith, comes down with the flu, a murder occurs in Enchanted Bay. With Connor bedridden, Meg knows that she'll have to catch the killer herself. But it won't be easy. Especially after Meg discovers a crazy secret about one of the suspects that changes the entire case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A very short cozy mystery...

  • By Lidia Chymkowska on 03-18-19

Cozy Witch Mystery

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

Meg is a caring girl so when her boyfriend comes down with the flu, she doesn’t mind skipping their date night to care for him. When she notices something is off with a girl named Denise, she knows it’ll wind up with her being murdered. After Meg discovers she’s right, she’s off to find the killer and ends up making a new friend in the process.

I loved this little witch mystery. A quick listen made smooth and suspenseful by the narration.

  • Occupational Hazards: The Blue-Collar Omnibus

  • By: Geoff Sturtevant
  • Narrated by: John McLain, Jonathan Sleep, Steven Jay Cohen, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

A collection of absurdist and thought-provoking stories from the author's Return to the Dirt, Just Speculating, and more, including unreleased, exclusive, audio-only content! Performed by a cast of award-winning and Audie® nominated narrators. Fans of the macabre, dark humor, and cerebral thrillers are guaranteed a good listen. Occupational Hazards is an unflinching ride through the absurdity of it all. Existentialism, absurdism, and outlandish humor merge with ordinary, workaday life for a truly unique perspective of the human experience. Not recommended for the faint of heart or easily offended. But if meaty stories are what you're after....We hope you're hungry.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Bologna has a first name . . .

  • By Ray Johnson on 07-20-18

Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

A collection of weird and unique stories that are guaranteed to make you laugh. For as strange and outlandish as they were, I felt they were also stories that regular people could relate to, and that was probably the most interesting part of the book. The characters sometimes were obnoxious but it’s because of that that I felt as if it was real.

The narration was great, making this a smooth listen.

If you’re looking for a read to lift your spirits or give you a good laugh, this is the book for you.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Spirit Lake

  • By: Tamar Hela
  • Narrated by: Reyna Joy Banks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Six teenagers from Northern California are assigned a group project for their sophomore English class. Little do they know, this project will literally take them on a journey out of this world. Cantelia appears much like Earth, until the teens realize magic is as plentiful as the danger surrounding them. A dark and evil ruler has placed a curse on the tribal people of Sikuku Island - the same island where the teens have been transported.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting story

  • By Karen S on 03-03-19

Different

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

In this story, we follow a group of teenagers who are sucked into a magical world through a special body of water. The place they find themselves in is creepy, full of strange beings and an overwhelming sense of evil. That’s when they learn of the curse and go about breaking it.

While the story was engaging, I felt it all was wrapped up a bit too quickly after the curse was broken. It would’ve added to the story tremendously to see exactly what happened to the place after the curse was lifted.

While the narration was okay, it made the book difficult to get into. The words were a bit stilted and the uneven tone made it hard for me to listen. I like to listen to audiobooks at 2.5x their original speed so the gaps were more noticeable for their frequency.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.