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  • Mine to Tell

  • By: Colleen L. Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Krystle L Minkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Not every love story begins or ends with the passion of a bodice-ripper. Some develop slowly - an occasional look or a choice word the only spark they ever know. Some endure adversity - lies, infidelity, or opposition creating flames of distrust instead of the warm thaw of a hesitant heart. And some are so unlikely, so unexpected - no one sees the connection coming, not even the lovers themselves. Mine to Tell is a gentle story of adversity and forgiveness, a tale of mystery you won't forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perceived Scnadal

  • By Darc on 07-06-18

Perceived Scnadal

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-18

The first chapter of the “Mine to Tell” immediately captured my attention This book is wonderfully written and narrated. It is the story of Annabelle’s great Grandmother Julianna. Julianna was perceived to have shamed the family and lived in exile in the house her husband built for her next door. Annabelle feels a connection and moves into the boarded up house and digs into her great grandmothers past and learns the real story from clues that were left behind. The story tells of pain, love lost and discovered. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

  • Disposable Lives

  • By: Leslie Kohler
  • Narrated by: Annika Connor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Maggie Leman leads a fairytale life in California’s Newport Beach. But when cheating golfer husbands from her Club get knocked off, along with the Travellers muscling into Newport Beach society, Maggie fears she’s bitten into a poison apple, spewing its venom into her life. To stop this deadly flow, Maggie, ex-marketing exec, now Country Club Mom, launches an investigation into these sordid affairs. What she finds is shocking. It appears Newport blue blood is tinged with red.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Mystery adventure.

  • By cosmitron on 06-08-18

Travellers? Gypsies?

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

Maggie Leman's life as high society in Newport Beach abruptly changes. She finds evidence that her husband may be having an affair. After confronting him and hearing his side of the story, he is killed before being able to verify it. Maggie becomes the main suspect. The plot thickens and is packed with thrilling twists-and-turns and the unique, colorful characters of the secret society of the Scottish Travellers. I found this an entertaining story.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Forget-me-not Blues: What Lies Within the Beating Heart Exposed

  • Abby Foulkes Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Alison Gray
  • Narrated by: Beverley Murray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

A body washes up on a beach on a Greek island. Two women at a retreat on the island discover the body early one morning before their yoga session. They are both required to give witness statements to the police but both women are hiding something. DS Abby Foulkes is back in Greece to investigate the murder of a friend in the late 1990s. She was invited back by Lieutenant Angelo Christofis whom she met whilst holidaying on Skiathos in 2014. But he's recently had a baby and she senses there's something wrong. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful conclusion to a great series.

  • By cosmitron on 05-29-18

Back to Greec

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

This is book 3 in this series. DS Abby Foulkes is still in the grieving process after losing her life partner to an unsolved murder. She returns to Greece and goes undercover to help solve the circle bone murders that still remain unsolved since the first book in the series. She meets many possible suspects during her investigations as the plot twists and turns. A bit of romance is thrown in for extra measure. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Lady's Slipper: When Past and Present Evils Intertwine

  • Abby Foulkes Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Alison Gray
  • Narrated by: Carrie Goodwiler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Caileigh Watson was two when she witnessed her mother's murder in the woods. She longs to remember her mother, but struggles with memory problems. Twenty years on, the man who was imprisoned for the crime is up for release. And then a new witness appears, whose testimony could throw out the original conviction. When Caileigh and the witness go missing, DS Abby Foulkes is pulled into a hunt for the truth in a case which threatens to engulf her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Series maintains its momentum.

  • By cosmitron on 05-28-18

Cold Case

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

This is the 2nd book in the series , which I found much more enjoyable than the first in the series. DS Abby Foulkes gets assigned to a case where a new witness appears. The witness could possibly clear a man who has been imprisoned for 20 years on a murder charge. The witness disappears , files go missing, and twists and turns in the plot keep you guessing until the end. My favorite of the series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Hibiscus Fruit: Where Grief Leads to Murder in Paradise

  • Abby Foulkes Mysteries Book 1
  • By: Alison Gray
  • Narrated by: Lisa Angelini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

On leave from her job in Newcastle upon Tyne following the death of her lover, DS Abby Foulkes is on Skiathos with their young son, Johnny. But just as they begin to relax, Johnny finds human bones in a wood near a Greek monastery on a hillside above Skiathos town. It isn't long before Abby discovers that this isn't the first set of bones to be found. When someone disappears from the Hibiscus Fruit hotel where they are staying, Abby is drawn into the mystery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well done first book in a Mystery series.

  • By cosmitron on 05-27-18

Bones

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

DS Abby Foulkes is on vacation in Greece with her son Johnny. Her life partner had recently been murdered and she was working through his death in surrounding where they had spent time together. Her son finds some bones, which leads to a mystery of other bones have being found and laid out in the same manner. This all leads to serial killings to which Abby is pulled in to try to solve.. There are many twists, turns , leading to more mysteries to solve. On to Book # 2 in the series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Sick in Shadows

  • By: Cathy Ann Rogers
  • Narrated by: Jane Oppenheimer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Tate Marsdon, MD, a successful Scottsdale plastic surgeon, shows up for dinner at the home of close friends Henry and Imogen Vine to find his host stabbed to death and his hostess in a state of psychosis. Arrested and jailed, Imogen undergoes treatment for traumatic memory loss, but her attorney, Erin Fitzgerald, Tate’s current romantic interest, starts to question her client’s guilt. Erin and Imogen’s closest friends work to uncover the truth behind the cold-blooded killing. But hiding deep within the shadows is someone determined to stop them—even if it means another death—this one closer to home than anyone imagines. When Tate finds himself targeted as a prime suspect, he, too, is drawn into the investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great mystery with a sense of humor.

  • By cosmitron on 05-17-18

The Real Women of Scottsdale

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-18

Sick in Shadows is about a group of successful Scottsdale women friends, all with different personalities, and Tate, a Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon. Tate finds his good friend Henry Vine dead at his home with his wife Imogen in a traumatic state. Imogen confesses to stabbing her husband, but her memory is completely lost. Three other murders may or may not be tied to Henry’s and this group of friends work to unravel the truth. I loved the dynamics between all the characters and the plot had me guessing until the very end. I would definitely recommend and hopefully a sequel is coming. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Mob Fest '29

  • By: Bill Tonelli
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gallagher
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

According to the Encyclopedia of American Crime, "Perhaps the most important criminal conference of the American underworld was held during three days in May 1929 in Atlantic City", during which "the overlords of American crime discussed their future plans" at an event that was "earthshaking in its effect on the development of American crime syndicates". It's a great tale starring Al Capone, Frank Costello, Meyer Lansky, and Nucky Johnson, who inspired Boardwalk Empire. This story has everything...with maybe one small exception. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The facts about a famous meeting.

  • By cosmitron on 05-06-18

Fact or Fiction

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-18

An interesting take on what may or may not have happened regarding the mob in Atlantic City. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • 2000 Most Common Spanish Words in Context: Get Fluent & Increase Your Spanish Vocabulary with 2000 Spanish Phrases (Spanish Language Lessons Mastery)

  • By: Lingo Mastery
  • Narrated by: Mariela Arredondo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Have you been trying to learn Spanish and simply can’t find the way to expand your vocabulary? Do your teachers recommend you boring textbooks and complicated stories that you don’t really understand? Are you looking for a way to learn the language quicker without taking shortcuts? If you answered “Yes!” to at least one of those previous questions, then this book is for you! We’ve compiled the 2,000 most common words in Spanish, a list of terms that will expand your vocabulary to levels previously unseen.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original concept in learning a language.

  • By cosmitron on 05-03-18

Spanish

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-18

The technique of this book is solid and takes an interesting approach to learning a new language. It works well as a reference tool. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • The Girl That Got Away

  • By: Marin Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Grace Paunescu, D. Michael Hope
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

When teenage best friends, Callie and Avery are kidnapped from a tent in their front yard in a sleepy Midwestern town, the entire population of Newell is rocked to its core. But when one of the girls returns 24 hours later, her body covered in injuries and zero recollection of what happened, the search is on for the girl who didn’t get away. Callie is still missing. As Avery attempts to piece together an impossible puzzle, she stumbles upon the terrifying realization that her best friend was harboring a dark secret, and she may have paid the ultimate price for it.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great storyline, great narration!

  • By Sara on 05-24-18

Kidnapped

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

The Girl That Got Away is the story of two fourteen year old girls who are taken from their sleepover in the front yard. One, Avery, is found and the other , Callie, is still missing. The story is told from two characters alternating perspectives and narrated by Grace Paunescu and D. Michael Hope. As Avery’s memories return the mystery starts to unravel. There are numerous twists to the story, but the end was mostly predicable. I enjoyed the double narration and would listen to more of the authors books. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Treadmill

  • By: Warren Adler
  • Narrated by: Eric Bryan Moore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Jack Cooper is an unhappy man - mind, body, and spirit. In the blink of an eye, he has lost his longstanding job to the economy, his mother to illness, and his wife to her secret lover. Beaten, broken, and crippled by tragedy, he withdraws into total isolation, narrowing his life down to the simplest of routines in order to block out the pain. His day begins with a strenuous workout at the Bethesda Health Club, his personal oasis where his mind and body can be free, and ends in his tiny apartment, where he escapes from reality with his books until he can lose himself in sleep.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life is filled with mystery.

  • By cosmitron on 04-11-18

Health Club Mystery

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Jack Cooper has a streak of bad luck and in the space of a month loses his mother to illness, his wife to a secret lover, and his job to the economy, all of which happened without warning or intuition. Withdrawing from the world and immersing himself into exercise and training at a Bethesda health club, he focuses on no one and nothing but his own body and mind, speaking to no one for months. He continues his training at his oasis, the health club, side by side alternating equipment with another man, neither acknowledging the other for months, until finally they begin speaking briefly in the sauna each at the end of their sessions. Jack learns that Mike Parrish has an incredible story, stolen from the hospital as a newborn, he has no past and no official identification with the government, he does not exist, drifting from job to job as a writer, he focuses on himself as well. But then one day Mike disappears, and Jack loses his focus on himself and gets caught up in a search for the non-existent Mike with another health club regular who is convinced that Mike's disappearance is a cover up and part of a huge conspiracy. Strange things start happening, he is followed, his apartment is broken into, and the search for Mike begins to get dangerous, leading back to the club, and other members of the club disappear as well. And Jack begins to fall in love with Mike's neighbor, something he swore would never happen again. The book too a little long to develop the story line, but once it developed it was great. Perhaps the ending was a little drawn out. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.