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  • Maybe This Time

  • By: Jennifer Crusie
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428

When Andie tries to gain closure with her ex-husband, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans. When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiancé’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved This Book

  • By Jessica on 11-03-11

Exciting to hear again and again

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I love Jennifer Crusie! Maybe this time is a romantic story tinged with deadly supernatural occurrences and ghosts. The main character, Andie puts off her wedding to her new boyfriend to care for the children left in her ex husbands care. They live in a castle in Ohio, there is a cantankerous old housekeeper and a couple of ghosts. Ok three ghosts who have their own agenda. Can Andie and North overcome the ghosts and reunite?

Wonderful light fun story worth listening to again and again. Love it!

Amanda Dave captures each character and brings them to life.

No issues with production or quality of this audiobook.

  • A Panicked Premonition

  • By: Victoria Laurie
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Michaels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Professional psychic and FBI consultant Abby Cooper has used her inner visions to get her out of many a scrape - and solve many a crime - but she's about to face a murder scene that will put all her powers to the test. Abby's husband, Dutch, has a side business providing security and building panic rooms for wealthy clients. One morning, one of Dutch's partners, Dave, goes missing on his way to meet a client. Abby's intuition tells her something terrible has happened to him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great New Tale!

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-05-17

Totally awesome!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Abby Cooper and friends solve a most delicate mystery involving Dutch’s side business and their handyman Dave who stands accused of murder!!

Well written as usual and a definite can’t put down book. Laurie once again brings Abby and friends to a critical moment leaving the listener to believe all might be lost but then the answer comes to her.

Elizabeth Michaels performs the audiobook expertly. She has become Abby Cooper! She reads magnificently!

No issues with the production or quality of the audiobook.

  • Captain Bartholomew Quasar: Starfaring Adventures

  • By: Milo James Fowler
  • Narrated by: E. M. Carberry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Join Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the crew of the Effervescent Magnitude in this hilarious collection of short stories as they confront bands of nefarious space pirates, cantankerous bandits, exotic aliens, devious powers of persuasion, mysterious ghosts from the past, deep space identity crises, a runaway hyper-speed train, an insidious computer virus, and a villain with the fastest thumbs in the quadrant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They'll make a statue to me one day!

  • By Betababe on 05-05-18

Campy, Fun And Highly Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

Captain Bartholomew Quasar, Starfaring Adventures by Milo James Fowler is a collection of short stories focusing on the life and times of Captain Bartholomew Quasar and his crew.  The stories center around the Captain and his antics as he encounters space pirates, aliens, ghosts, and so much more!  The stories are very short and fun – this is a spoof of Star Trek (the series from the 60's) and the movie Galaxy Quest.  Fun, light yet intriguing.  A perfect listen after a hard day!

E.M. Carberry performed the audiobook keeping the tone light, energetic and fun!  Much like the story, the narrator was appropriately campy as well.  How he was able to deliver some of the lines without cracking up, I’m not sure but he was a true professional!

There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.

A wonderful book if you need some fun, campy entertainment.  Guaranteed to move you to laughter!

  • Westward, Tally Ho!

  • By: Milo James Fowler
  • Narrated by: David Bufton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

It's the late 19th century, and you're a young English aristocrat lost in the American Southwest. A lynch mob is after you for horse theft. Irritable natives are on your trail. And the woman with you is not the type you'd bring home to your mother. Would you survive long enough to find safety? Or would you curl into a fetal position and cry? This is where Clarence Oliver Edwards finds himself in Westward, Tally Ho!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narrative set-up

  • By Georgia McNabb on 10-12-17

Western Fun!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

Looking for adventure, young Englishman Clarence Oliver Edwards joins up with his ex-butler who is headed off to America – the late 1800’s America, complete with Native American Indians on the warpath and the railroad still a work in progress and west untamed.  Finding himself in trouble being chased by a lynch mob, Indians, gunslingers and many more, Clarence finds his true self and inner strength.

A delightful audiobook that has some tense moments and moments of hilarity!  One first sees Clarence as a whining spoiled English wealthy brat whom his former employee, Guthrie tolerates on his mission to find his missing daughter.  By the end of the novel, one does witness Clarence’s growth into adulthood.

The characters were vivid and rich, the dialog realistic that made the story advance.  The characters were off a bit – the Indians, the train conductor, saloon gals just don’t fit the usual mode.  Actually, all the characters were a bit “off” in a thought-provoking way that made one look at stereotypes.   If one is looking for a Zane Grey or Clint Eastwood or John Wayne type Western – this is not it!  This is a fantastic, oftentimes absurdly funny western genre experience written by Milo James Fowler.  Fowler is vivid and rich in his descriptions painting a clear picture. Fowler has provided an entertaining story of action and adventure.

The narrator, David Blufton, performed the novel expertly.  He had a firm grip on all the characters and performed them very well.  This was a great pairing of a narrator to a novel!

I found it fun.  I listened to this audiobook laughing out loud frequently.  A great audiobook for solid fun entertainment!

There were no issues with the production or audio of this book.

  • First World Flight

  • By: Spencer Lane
  • Narrated by: Dave Wright
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In 1924, three years before Lindbergh flew to Paris, four young army airmen answered the call of General Billy Mitchell to save US aviation from destruction by the politicians by winning the race with a dozen other nations to make the first flight around the world. In primitive open-cockpit biplanes powered by unreliable engines and few airfields, they were given little chance of success or even survival.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Aviation Passion - Interesting and Well Done

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 06-19-18

More than Wright Brothers to the story of aviation

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest and objective review.

First World Flight is a historical audiobook focusing on the growth of US aviation beginning in 1924, the four airmen and General Billy Mitchell all who were responsible for saving the US aviation program through their patriotism, creativity, and dedication. Not being a historian or familiar with the history of aviation, I found it interesting and exciting.

I found the book to be interesting, although it was long. This is perfect for someone with a passion for aviation, military, politics or history. The personal touches – the information about the families that is not well known was interesting as well. Before the end of the book, I felt I almost knew Billy Mitchell. His passion was successfully portrayed and communicated through Spencer Lane’s writing.

I thought the narrator, Dave Wright, performed the book beautifully. His voice was smooth, gentle yet passionate. I could listen to Wright for hours!

The amount of time and energy spent in the research of this book and its many components must have been overwhelming but so worth it!

There were no issues with quality or audio production of this book by U.S. Press.

  • Garden of Fiends

  • Tales of Addiction Horror
  • By: Mark Matthews, John F.D. Taff, Jack Ketchum, and others
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

The intoxication from a pint of vodka, the electric buzz from snorting cocaine, the warm embrace from shooting heroin - drinking and drugging provide the height of human experience. It's the promise of heaven on earth, but the hell that follows is a constant hunger, a cold emptiness. The craving to get high is a yearning as intense of any blood-thirsty monster. The stories inside feature the insidious nature of addiction told with compassion yet searing honesty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freaked me out!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 06-07-17

Horror in it's truest form - reality!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

I love horror; the creature features, zombie books, creepy music, and Halloween! I introduced our children to the classic monsters all the way through Halloween, Friday the 13th and the Chain Saw Massacre. I also enjoyed reading about serial killers and their twisted minds but I was in no way prepared for the horror of Garden of Fiends. Stories told from the perspective of addicts – alcohol, drugs and sometimes both, were much more than even I could handle.

Sometimes true horror lies in the truth and with addicts, their truth is true horror. Having a daughter who has dabbled in Vicodin and more, having seen the results of a child impacted mentally by an addict mother, her withdrawal, and daily struggles, well this hit close to home. There does not seem to be an end and each of these stories builds on that horror.

This is not a collection of stories for the faint of heart. There are aspects of each story that is gritty and real. I found this a difficult audiobook to finish because it was brutal and too realistic in portraying human nature and its frailty and selfishness.

The narrator, Rick Gregory provided an extra level of creepiness with his narration style. His voice was smooth and emotionless. You knew something horrible was coming but he never let the listeners know it until it happened. The flow was flawless and did not rely on unnecessary dramatic flair.

There were no issues with the audiobook or quality of production.

  • Noah's Wife

  • By: T. K. Thorne
  • Narrated by: Melissa Carey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

A novel set in 5500 BCE can't possibly relate to today's issues...or can it? Dysfunctional family relationships. Sexual abuse. Kidnapping. Love triangle. Religious freedom. Autism. Cultural Change. National award-winning novel Noah's Wife by T.K. Thorne touches all of these issues with wisdom and humor. Tackling one of the oldest and most famous stories on earth, Thorne's unique twists to the Biblical story - which makes only one mention of Noah's wife - tells the tale from the perspective of a young girl with what is now known as Asperger Syndrome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST LISTEN! Great Story Teller

  • By WordsAPlenty - charla white on 09-25-16

A MUST LISTEN! Great Story Teller

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

What did you love best about Noah's Wife?

A copy of this audiobook, Noah's Wife 5500 BCE was given to WordsAPlenty by the author, T. K. Thorne, in exchange for an honest review.


Noah’s wife is set in 5500 BCE. Yes, Noah’s wife is mentioned in the bible along with the great flood and other characters that are angry, sad, lonely, faithful, struggling, and the list goes on. So why listen to this book?

Noah’s Wife is an exciting book that deals with issues in 5500 BCE AND today – the struggle of women to be more than second class citizens, morality and ethical issues, cultural issues and even dating! Since before 5500 BCE women have struggled to be more and men have struggled on how to be with a strong woman. Time has not changed the issues at all!

Using the great flood, T. K. Thorne presents unique twists to the story by focusing on Noah’s wife. This fictional accounting of the great flood and story about it is exciting. Noah’s wife, Na’amah comes from a severely dysfunctional family, dealing with the love of two men that have disastrous results and Na’amah also has the burden of dealing with what is now known as Asperger Syndrome.

Listening to Na’amah’s life as told through her voice one recognizes the naiveté in the beginning, by the end of the book naiveté has been replaced with strength and knowledge. Her struggles resound with those of us today.

T.K. Thorne is an excellent story teller; building her plot and characters to great depths showing who they are, what they think – giving us, her listeners a unique experience. As a piece of fiction, she skillfully mixes in historical pieces that are well known. Her skill to blend the incidents and story together are expert.

I had the pleasure of both reading Noah’s Wife and listening to it. The audiobook is excellent as Melissa Carey, narrator, projects the right amount of naiveté and confusion in Na’amah’s voice growing it to the strength she gains by the end of the book due to her experiences. Within a few moments of listening, I heard Carey become Na’amah! This narration brought the book to life!

I highly recommend this book as a must listen! You will be transported to 5500 BCE between the skill of Thorne and Carey. You will feel the pain, joy, and growth of this unique woman.

There were no issues with production quality. Everything was perfect with the audio.



Who was your favorite character and why?

Na'amah. Her inner strength and intelligence is phenomenal.

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

She becomes Na'amah by showing her innocence and growing her into the strong character she becomes.

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

When Na'amah recognizes the true purpose behind her brother's anger and hatred.

Any additional comments?

This is a rare book that should not be missed. It is about a Christian event but by no means is it a preachy Christian novel. The focus of the book is beyond that - it deals with issues that have plagued women since the beginning of existence.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Zee Brothers: Zombie Exterminators

  • Curse of the Zombie Omelet!
  • By: Grivante
  • Narrated by: Ian McEuen
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

The Zee Brothers have a strange and dangerous vocation. While some hunt rodents or pests in the dark, Jonah and Judas tackle much larger prey: zombies. Equipped with a well-loved artillery gun named DeeDee and a much used and somewhat abused pickup truck called Sasha, the duo clear the night of undead pests, keeping the ever-present threat of a zombie apocalypse at bay.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 08-18-17

Hilarious Zee Brothers - A must read!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-15

If you could sum up The Zee Brothers: Zombie Exterminators in three words, what would they be?

Deadly hilariously funny

Which scene was your favorite?

Their first client turned zombie trying to gum them to death.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

There are ghost hunters, Sasquatch hunters, crypt-zoologists and then there are the Zee Brothers, zombie hunters!

Any additional comments?

WordsAPlenty received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review. This in no way affects the review.

There are ghost hunters, Sasquatch hunters, crypt-zoologists and then there are the Zee Brothers, zombie hunters! The brothers are Jonah and Judas. Their first client calls them to report he may have zombies in the crawl space under his house. Fortunately for the Zee Brothers, their first client lives in the small gated community of Winter Oaks, Arizona.
Winter Oaks is the home and burial ground of the now deceased Pakatini Tribe. Buried among their people is an old sacred amulet which the loathsome President of the Home Owners Association accidently disturbed. The Zee Brothers arrive to find their first client dead; and they hook up with JJ (a busty beautiful woman) and her dog Xanadu who are visiting the family there.

The Zee brothers and JJ have to solve the mystery as to what has caused the Indians to rise (and why would a zombie want an omelet?) … and they know it is somewhere in the nearby landfill.

Well written zombie fun. Nothing is as it seems – Xanadu does some pretty amazing things for a dog, the magic 8 ball gear shift seems to be on target with everything the brothers are going through and if all else fails there’s chocolate! Grivante takes the zombie genre and gives it a fresh look and goes where no other has gone with the zombies and his heroes!
Only 1 hour and 55 minutes long, Givante does an excellent job of packing a ton of fun and danger into this short audio. You will laugh!

Ian McEuen did an excellent job of narration adding personality to the brothers and JJ. His voices and interjecting of music in this audio was spot on.
There were no issues with the production of this audio.
WordsAPlenty gives this a 4.5 star rating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unleashed

  • A Sydney Rye Series, Book 1
  • By: Emily Kimelman
  • Narrated by: Sonja Field
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 168

One of Joy Humbolt's dog walking clients turns up dead and she begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity and then out of anger. As she digs deep into the secrets of Manhattan's elite, Joy gets too close to the killer with disastrous consequences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I hope the sties is as Interesting as Book 1.

  • By stephen on 08-16-16

Unleashed a Great Story!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-14

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

I would recommend this book to a friend because it was well written and executed in a manner that engaged the readers.

What did you like best about this story?

The excitement - plot.

Which character – as performed by Sonja Field – was your favorite?

Joy Humbolt/Sydney Rye

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

No extreme reaction but I found it very interesting and felt the politican and boyfriend were excellently portrayed.

Any additional comments?

I was given Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Novel #1) written by Emily Kimelman in exchange for an honest review.

I found that Unleashed was well written with character and the plot development executed appropriately thus highly engaging the reader.

The lead in this book is a strong female protagonist who doesn’t take crap from anyone. Within the first few pages one finds that Joy Humbolt has made significant changes in her world – out with the boyfriend, becoming unemployed and adopting Blue – a rescue dog. She is also taking on a new career as a dog walker. However, in her new role as a dog walker Joy finds herself buried in intrigue up to her neck! Moving from Coffee Barista to dog walker to sleuth seems to be a normal enough move for Joy. What she didn’t count on was the consequences of her sleuthing.

Thus the birth of Sydney Rye – a thrilling read involving a buried treasure and corrupt politicians with a dash of dead bodies here and there. The dialog is natural and while there is some foul language it is not gratuitously done. I enjoyed listening to this audio book.
The narrator, Sonya Field, was clear and concise – my only issue was she spoke too slowly at times. I feel the audio production was well done.

I found myself engaged and enjoying Unleashed. I am eager to hear the rest of the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Holiday Sparks: A Story from Naughty and Nice

  • By: Shannon Stacey
  • Narrated by: Savannah Richards
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,539
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,371

'Tis the Season for Romance. Sparks fly when the lights go out in best-selling author Shannon Stacey's charming holiday romance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Like Free! Thanks Audible!

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 07-27-13

Who knows how good it is?

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

Reviewed: 08-04-13

Unfortunately, this was purchased as a "freebie" and they don't have it available for my iPod or my iPhone. Way to go Audible!