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  • Miss Frost Cracks a Caper

  • Jayne Frost, Volume 4
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost's daughter, Santa Claus' niece, heir to the Winter Throne, and now private investigator. Sort of. When Lark Bramble, an old frenemy, shows up in Nocturne Falls, Jayne finds herself reliving the painful past and trying to make responsible decisions that won’t mess up her future. But being an adult proves harder than she thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FULL OF WONDER, SUSPENSE AND LOTS OF SURPRISES

  • By Lisa B. on 12-17-17

Lighthearted fun

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I enjoy these tales more than I expected to. It’s outside my usual choice for reading material and perhaps that’s part of the charm.

You won’t find anything challenging about this series or this novel but it helps pass time pleasantly enough. In our troubled world that can be enough.

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  • Gone Forever

  • A Jack Widow Novel, Book 1
  • By: Scott Blade
  • Narrated by: Alan Philip Ormond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Jack Widow is an elite NCIS Agent. He's the guy sent to hotspots all over the world, undercover among the Navy SEALs. He investigates the kinds of crimes that no one wants to speak of. Until he is pulled off assignment after someone shot his sheriff mother in the head. Now, in order to solve a very personal murder, Jack Widow is forced to return home to a town he hasn't seen in sixteen years. Taken-to-be a worthless drifter, Widow discovers more than his mother at her deathbed. He finds a distraught husband, a missing wife, and the small town of Black Rock, Mississippi, where the people harbor a horrifying secret that they will die to protect. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is Jack Widow the son of Jack Reacher?

  • By Wayne on 11-10-18

Not quite Reacher quality

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Okay, I liked the story well enough that I will go on to the next book in this series. However there is a lot of room for improvement. I am not fond of first person limited point of view and the worst faults with that are all too apparent in this story. The main protagonist tells us how smart he is quite a bit but his choices and behavior just do not support it. He also tells us how strong he is and how terrific he is. Show me with the story, please do not have a character spouting his own virtues. As it was I figured out who the bad guys were way before Jack Widow did which makes him seem dense. I like the setup, just like I enjoy the Jack Reacher setup and that is not a coincidence as they are very similar even to the point where it is implied he is Reacher's son.

  • 30 Days of Night

  • By: Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, R. S. Belcher (adaptation)
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla, Mark Boyett, Kevin T. Collins, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,386
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,300

An all-new, full-cast dramatization of the classic graphic novel. The isolated town of Barrow, Alaska, is plunged into darkness for a month each year when the sun sinks below the horizon. As the last rays of light fade, the town is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires bent on an uninterrupted orgy of destruction. Only Barrow's husband-and-wife sheriff team stand between the survivors and certain destruction. . By the time the sun rises, will they pay the ultimate price - or worse?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By Dan on 11-06-17

Overacted

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

The storyline is good enough but the acting is way, way over the top. Additionally, the background sounds and music can get in the way of clearly hearing the dialog. So, I like the story, I don't regret listening to it but there is lots of room for improvement.

  • How Witch It Is

  • Wicked Witches of the Midwest, Books 1-3
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Aris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

Welcome to Hemlock Cove, where the town is magically rebranded - but real witches aren't necessarily welcome. That makes things hard for the Winchester witches - including local newspaper reporter Bay. She's got a persnickety family - wait until you met Aunt Tillie - and a penchant for stumbling across trouble.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed bag

  • By MerylB on 01-08-17

Okay

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I’d rate this as just okay. Not great, not awful. There are some funny bits but not enough connected with my own sense of humour to keep me interested. I was glad to be done with them, turning up the speed of playback to hurry the ending.

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  • Relic

  • Pendergast, Book 1
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,957
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,994

Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Non-Perishable

  • By Snoodely on 05-26-10

Captivating story

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

As improbable as I found this story, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator was okay but pretty bad at accents. The pacing was good and the story moved along briskly.

  • City of Endless Night

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,976

When Grace Ozmian, the beautiful and reckless daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire, first goes missing, the NYPD assumes she has simply sped off on another wild adventure. Until the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found. Lieutenant CDS Vincent D'Agosta quickly takes the lead. He knows his investigation will attract fierce scrutiny, so D'Agosta is delighted when FBI Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast shows up at the crime scene assigned to the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The allusive Pendergast..,

  • By shelley on 01-18-18

Enjoyable characters

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I really liked this story, mainly due to the characters. I thought some actions were a bit improbable but they didn’t detract much from the story. This is the first book from the series that I’ve read but I have already purchased book one, Relic, and I’m planning on working my way through them all.

  • The Bloody Chamber

  • By: Angela Carter
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 513

A collection of short stories, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories was first published in 1979 and awarded the Cheltenham Festival Literary Prize. This Audible exclusive adaptation is narrated by legendary actors, Richard Armitage and Emilia Fox, who take on different chapters of the audiobook. Among these are 'The Bloody Chamber', 'The Courtship of Mr Lyon', 'The Tiger's Bride', 'Puss in Boots', 'The Erl-King', 'The Snow Child', 'The Lady of the House of Love', 'The Werewolf' and 'Wolf-Alice'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fairy tales by Angela Carter

  • By Elizabeth P. Fowler on 03-20-18

An okay time waster

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I’d give this book just an OK rating. The performances are good, but the stories themselves lack any real depth or scares.

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  • The Ministry of Curiosities Boxed Set

  • Books 1-3
  • By: C.J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

This boxed set contains the first three books in C. J. Archer's popular Ministry of Curiosities series. Titles in the set include The Last Necromancer, Her Majesty's Necromancer, and Beyond the Grave. Description of The Last Necromancer: For five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the kind of series I love to listen to!!

  • By Patricia on 04-04-18

A good performance hindered by repetitious plot.

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I enjoyed the first book, was a bit less enthusiastic during the second novel and by the start of the third feeling frustrated with the repetitious nature of the storyline. Once I got over halfway through the third book, I was feeling a bit better about the story which finally advanced a bit.

On the whole, there is too much of the main protagonist brushing aside warnings and having to be rescued, over and over. I did like the lead characters but would have liked to know a bit more about the supporting characters.

I am happy enough that I read the first three in this series but I don't believe I'll venture volume four or beyond. There are better stories to read.

  • The Watchmaker's Daughter

  • Glass and Steele, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714

India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who'll accept her - an enigmatic and mysterious man from America, a man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he's ill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Start to Historical Fantasy Series!

  • By LilMissMolly on 01-16-17

Really enjoyed this light story

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I enjoyed this tale set in historical London. The narration was really good and the story pleasant. The only knock I might give it is it's a little short on action and long on talk. None the less, the story moved fast enough and I did like the main protagonist, even if she's a bit more gullible than I might have thought a shopkeeper might be. I found her and the other characters very likable.

I will probably buy more in this series but I'll wait until I'm in the mood for a gentle sort of tale. I normally look for more action in my reading choices.

  • The Darkness of Evil

  • By: Alan Jacobson
  • Narrated by: Daniela Acitelli
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Jasmine Marcks was a teenager when she discovered her father was a killer. First, there was the strip of bloody duct tape; then, the bloodstain on his shirt; and finally, the long nights away from home that always coincided with gruesome deaths. Roscoe Lee Marcks killed 14 people before he was finally put behind bars - but, as renowned FBI agent Karen Vail soon learns, Marcks's reign of terror isn't over yet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book, needs a better narrator...

  • By shelley on 12-21-17

Not the most likable protagonist

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I didn't click with the main protagonist, perhaps if I'd read some of the earlier books in the series I could have understood why she's so abrasive and full of herself. On top of that, for a supposedly brilliant FBI agent, she makes decisions that are real groaners that made me feel she was edging onto TSTL (too stupid to live) territory. I'd provide a few examples but I don't want to reveal the plot. The plot is the only reason I didn't rate this lower as I enjoyed the twists. As far as the performance, I couldn't really distinguish characters by voice and had to listen to the attributions in order to know who was speaking. There just didn't seem much life in the performance either. I think I'll take a pass on the rest of the series.