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  • Monster in My Closet

  • By: R. L. Naquin
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 428

I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn't imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I'd seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no? After all, I've always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky with Unusual Characters.

  • By Teresa on 05-29-14

A lot more fun than expected.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

I really enjoyed smiling to myself a lot while listening to this book. The humor runs deep.

  • Kali's Tale: Book IV of the DeChance Chronicles

  • By: David Niall Wilson
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

When asked to follow in secret as a hot-headed group of young vampires set out on a 'blood quest' to kill the ancient who created the young vampire Kali against her will, he learns that - as usual - there is a lot more to the story than meets the eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Takes a few unexpected turns.

  • By Tabitha on 07-07-15

Takes a few unexpected turns.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

This story succeeded in surprising me a couple times. I will continue to listen to this series.

  • Vintage Soul: Book II of the DeChance Chronicles

  • By: David Niall Wilson
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Donovan DeChance is a collector of ancient manuscripts and books, a practicing mage, and a private investigator. When, despite the finest in natural and supernatural security, a sexy and well-loved 300-year-old lady vampire is kidnapped right out from under her lover's nose, Donovan is called in to investigate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is Volume 2 of the DeChance Chronicles,

  • By Gehri on 02-05-12

One of the best in the series.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

This book stands out among the group in this series for some reason. It feels tighter and better than the others in many ways. Give it a try.

  • My Soul to Keep: Book III of the DeChance Chronicles

  • By: David Niall Wilson
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Donovan DeChance is a collector of ancient manuscripts and books, a practicing mage, and a private investigator. He is also a very private man, and he is in love. When he invites his partner and lover, Amethyst, for a quiet dinner, she has no idea of his true intention. Donovan has planned a sharing - a vision that will give her the keys to his early life - the origins of his power - and a lot more than she bargained for. The story leads to the town of Rookwood in 1842.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The shortest of the series but still interesting.

  • By Tabitha on 07-07-15

The shortest of the series but still interesting.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

I was surprised at how short this story was, but I still found it enjoyable. I will continue to listen to this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hell Hollow

  • By: Ronald Kelly
  • Narrated by: J. Rodney Turner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

From out of a shadowy backwoods hollow echoes a dark threat from the past, nearly a century lost and forgotten. The rural town of Harmony, Tennessee, possessed a disturbing secret; a secret so ancient that most of its residents were completely unaware of it. Even the last survivors of a vigilante raid long ago have filed the tragic events of that autumn night away, totally unaware of the evil that remains, dormant, but forever patient, among the tall pines and thick-leaved kudzu of a place known only as Hell Hollow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING Southern-fried, coming-of-age horror tale

  • By Tabitha on 07-22-14

AMAZING Southern-fried, coming-of-age horror tale

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

Reviewed: 07-22-14

As if told by your favorite front-porch-story-tellin' Southern grandpappy, this tale will leave you breathless. The narrator is excellent for the charm of this tale, and the story is near-perfect. Ronald Kelly outdid himself. If you like this one, pick up his short story collections and The Dark'Un too. I really hope we'll be getting more of Ronald Kelly's novels on Audible soon. VERY soon.

Plot in a nutshell: Kids band together to fight an evil force.

And it's GOOD!

I recommend listening to this on your headphones while swinging on your porch swing and sipping sweet iced tea on a collection of summer evenings.

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  • The Deliverers of Their Country

  • By: Edith Nesbit
  • Narrated by: Karen Krause
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

"It all started when Effie got something in her eye…" and before the week was out, the country was overrun with dragons of all sizes. Effie and Harry decide something must be done, so they set out to wake St. George. Edith (E.) Nesbit was a master at weaving imagination and real life into timeless fairy tales, with fantastic mythical creatures, princes and princesses, magic, and just the right touch of silliness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A unique joy.

  • By Tabitha on 06-29-14

A unique joy.

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

Reviewed: 06-29-14

This classic stand-alone dragon tale is exciting and fun. My kids (5 and 9) listened to it on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. In fact, I really enjoyed it too. It is a real adventure and St. George even makes a hilarious appearance. Kids who like a touch of fantasy in their stories will LOVE this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ellie + Ace: The Case of the Pinched Peaches

  • By: Tangerine Toodles, Wednesday Whistlehoot
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The soon to be, nearly, just about, almost world famous detectives are sniffing out clues in one of their toughest mysteries yet. Real trouble threatens their small town of Huckleberry Springs. And it threatens the town right where it matters most-in the stomach! Each night, a troublemaker strikes, stealing all the peaches from one tree after another. Soon there won't be a single peach left in Huckleberry Springs, which means there won't be a single peach pie either.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • better and better

  • By Yaquelin on 05-07-14

Similar premise to the first and just as good.

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

Reviewed: 06-29-14

Adult readers might have an issue with the similar overall mystery to the first book in the series, but kids won't mind. Mine sure didn't (age 5 and 9). Their attention remained the entire time and they would NOT let me stop playing it. They had to listen to the whole thing.

  • Ellie + Ace: The Case of the Bedtime Bandit

  • By: Tangerine Toodles, Wednesday Whistlehoot
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Meet Ellie and Ace! Soon to be… Nearly… Just about… World-famous detectives! Well, almost. Any day now, if they solve enough cases. And good news! They are on a case now. Someone is causing trouble all over their small town of Huckleberry Springs. Each night, the troublemaker strikes - breaking into houses, spilling garbage, and stealing toys. Nobody knows who the culprit is, but everyone blames someone else. Ellie and Ace have to solve the mystery fast – before their neighbors go to war. Ellie could smell the mystery in the air. She could also smell a lot of knocked-over garbage. She and Ace had a job to do, and they had better do it fast. “Are you ready, Ace?” Ace barked and tightened his collar. It was go time! Girl detective Ellie and her dog pal Ace are on the case. Can they catch the bedtime bandit? Read to find out!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kids will love it

  • By Yaquelin on 05-01-14

Kids enjoyed it and stayed engaged.

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

Reviewed: 06-29-14

This is an enjoyable audiobook. It kept my 5 and 9 year old's attention nicely for its entire length. I am going to try an experiment with the next book in the series and only have them listen to one chapter at a time to increase the mystery.

  • Heart of a Dragon

  • Book I of the DeChance Chronicles
  • By: David Niall Wilson
  • Narrated by: Corey Snow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

When Anya Cabrera, a Voodoo Houngan in San Valencez California’s Barrio, tampers with the ceremony that draws the Loa to possess the faithful, Donovan DeChance, book collector, mage, and private investigator is contacted immediately. Donovan helps to maintain the balance of supernatural forces in the city – and that balance is in serious danger. The Dragons, a local motorcycle gang, live under a shaky truce with a neighboring Hispanic gang, Los Escorpiones, who are now aligned with Anya. The two groups face off in a battle that becomes more than the Dragons expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable tale of urban fantasy

  • By Tabitha on 04-02-14

An enjoyable tale of urban fantasy

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

Reviewed: 04-02-14

David Niall Wilson's writing can sometimes be like poetry. And, like poetry, it is easy to get lost in the words and not pay attention to their meaning. This book starts with that style, but quickly goes into a more regular form of story-telling.

This book/series is an urban-fantasy series (like the Dresden Files, Anita Blake, etc...).

Much of this book is located in a Latino barrio. The narrator of the audiobook sometimes mispronounces how the characters would actually pronounce things, but that is forgivable.

Books in this series
1) Heart of a Dragon (which came out after the first couple books...a prequel)
2) Vintage Soul
3) My Soul to Keep & Others
4) Kali's Tale
(Wilson's NEVERMORE also has a link. DeChance mentions that he met Poe in KALI'S TALE, which birthed the need for Wilson to write NEVERMORE according to Wilson's website.)

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  • Brothers, Braces & Bullies

  • By: Hattie Byrd, Chris Byrd
  • Narrated by: Marti Dumas
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

It was Louise Sowders' first day back at school since her life had been ruined. Dad called it a rite of passage, but she knew better. It was the beginning of her dork years. So, doing what any level-headed fifth grade girl would do, she kept to herself and kept her mouth closed. Everything went great until lunch...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fifth and Sixth Grade Can Feel Like It'll Kill You

  • By Tabitha on 03-06-14

Fifth and Sixth Grade Can Feel Like It'll Kill You

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

Reviewed: 03-06-14

"Brothers, Braces, and Bullies" brought back a lot of memories of the turnaround time known as "The Fifth and Sixth Grade." The time when new braces and other new changes make many feel like they're on the edge of dorkdom. Awkwardness, being unsure, trying hard to be cool (and failing), keeping as quiet and as invisible as possible are all themes touched on within these pages.

Modern things like text messaging, clear braces, Facebook and more help put this into the "now," but the story feels timeless. The rumor mill just moves faster nowadays with our online lives.

Some of the adults/teachers are a little "dumb," and I really don't like that. But there is also a golden magical Fortune Teller (aka Cootie Catcher). So, this isn't a story fully based in reality.

The narrator does a very good job. Dialogue pops out and she even sings a bit of "Who Let the Dogs Out."

A fun story. A great narrator. An excellent listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful