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  • Magic Teacher's Son

  • Magicians Gold Series, Book 1
  • By: David Harten Watson
  • Narrated by: Ray Greenley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Magic Teacher's Son is a story of betrayal, forgiveness, trust, and treason in a magical world at war. While armies clash in distant battles pitting Magicians against Sorcerers, the actions of an ordinary boy, his classmates, and his friends threaten the loss of their kingdom, but are also its only true hope for survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to the series

  • By KD on 10-17-18

Waiting for Book 2! Great.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Narrator was exceptional! Great voices for each character. It was very easy to listen to him. Ray Greenley- GREAT job.

Story was magical. I am looking forward to hear more about their travels and tribulations. There is sorcery, magic, betrayal, young love, new friends are made, and much more. Excellent YA book.

I hope to hear / read more books by David Harten Watson.

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

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  • Murder on the Brewster Flats: a Gus LeGarde Mystery

  • LeGarde Mysteries, Volume 12
  • By: Mr. Aaron Paul Lazar
  • Narrated by: Pete Milan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Music professor Gus LeGarde and his wife, Camille, are looking forward to a relaxing vacation at Paines Creek Beach on beautiful Cape Cod. But Gus barely has a chance to feel the sand between his toes before a near-miss car accident drags him right into the middle of a local family feud - and a centuries-old mystery that's begging to be solved. As Gus is drawn further into the conflict between the Cooks and the McNabbs - two families with a grudge going all the way back to colonial times - he and Camille keep uncovering more questions than answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From Cape Cod with Love?

  • By wendigee on 10-02-18

Greatly enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

This book truly stands alone. I have not read any other books by Aaron Paul Lazar. If this is your first look at the series there is no need to read the others first. After listening to this book, I will have to look for more books written by this author.
The characters were well developed and very interesting people. The story line is well written. The vacation turns into a mystery for Gus and Camille. I really enjoyed this story tremendously!

The narrator, Pete Milan did a great job. This story was so easy to listen to thanks to his narration.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • A Wild and Unremarkable Thing

  • By: Jen Castleberry
  • Narrated by: Dollcie Webb
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Cayda has spent her entire life training to slay a Fire Scale. Now the time has come to leave her dragon-ravaged village behind, march into the Summer Alps, and reap the rewards of a Champion.  But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers she’s not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good book with a fantastic narration

  • By Brian Marzka on 10-21-18

Fire Scale Dragons Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

A very good story. It is a little over 4 hours so it is a good quick listen. Considering the lentgh of this story, a lot is covered in a short time. A women who is forced to dress and act like a man, ight beast, Fire Scale, God of Death, fighting, even a little romance.

This is a well written book.

The narration was excellent. It was a very easy listen.

I received this bookj in exchange for an honest review.

  • A Life Unfolds in the City

  • By: Ruth G. Zavitsanos
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

New York City, 1906. With the fast-approaching death of their mother, the lives of two sisters, Martha and Lilah Caldon, are about to change. Lilah, the younger of the two, is favored by their mother. She receives the best education and attends various social events outfitted in the finest wardrobe. The only exception is the annual Broadway play Martha attends with her parents, when Lilah is left at home. Every year since she turned 16, Martha and her parents have gone backstage after the play to meet Miss Sahara, the beautiful leading actress. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed this historical novel.

  • By Karen S on 09-09-18

Enjoyed this historical novel.

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Sometimes a short story is all you want. This one is a great 4.5 hour listen. The narration was excellent. Jennifer Jill Araya was a great choice for the narration. The author, Ruth Zavitsanos has written a great story. It was a story that keepsyour interest. I would re-listen to this book again in the future.

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gathering Water

  • By: Regan Claire
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Swanepoel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

Growing up in the foster system, Della never really had anything to call her own, not even a last name. Now, the truth was exposed, but there was still so much she didn't know. Hoping to learn more about the mother she never knew and maybe discover a bit more about herself along the way, Della travels across the country seeking answers - and finds far more than she bargained for. An unimaginable world - one on the brink of war - is pulling her in and making her claim a birthright she never knew she wanted. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique!

  • By Pam C on 10-03-18

Loved it. Enjoyable for all ages.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Jennifer Swanepoel, narrator, does an excellent job. She made the story an easy listen. I would listen to other books she narrated.

Regan Claire, the author, wrote an excellent book. Although it is a young adult book, us old people can enjoy it too. A good story with twists that are not expected. A start of a great series. I look forward to book 2.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ukulele Murder: A Nani Johnson Mystery

  • Aloha Lagoon Mysteries, Volume 1
  • By: Leslie Langtry
  • Narrated by: Susan Marlowe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Nani Johnson thought she had it made when she moved from Kansas to the resort town of Aloha Lagoon, Kauai. In spite of her certifiably crazy mom, Nani is determined that nothing will stop her from becoming a ukulele virtuoso! But when one of Nani's competitors drops dead right after a public feud, Nani becomes the police's main suspect. A missing murder weapon, mysterious threats, and a heck of a frame-up job all have Nani worrying she'll be trading in her flowery muumuus for prison orange.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Take a Trip to Hawaii

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 08-08-18

The ending was unexpected. Never saw that twist.

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Narration was very good. I will listen to Susan Marlowe again. The character voices were excellent.

Any story that takes place in Hawaii better be good! This book does not disappoint. The book gives you the experience without leaving your chair. The plot kept you listening. I did not guess who the was doing the killings. The ending surprised me. I will check out other stories by Leslie Langtry.

A delightful listen.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • The Memory Tree

  • Carson Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: John A. Heldt
  • Narrated by: Chaz Allen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Days after barely escaping 1889 with their lives, the Carsons, siblings from the present day, resume their search for their missing parents in 1918. While Adam and his pregnant wife, Bridget, settle in Minnesota, unaware of a wildfire that will kill hundreds, Greg seeks clues in his great-grandparents' Mexico, where he finds love, danger, and enemies. At the same time, Natalie, the ambitious journalist, follows a trail to World War I France, and teen twins Cody and Caitlin rekindle a friendship with an old Pennsylvania friend haunted by her past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Memory Tree

  • By Deedra on 10-04-18

Time travel with many twists and characters

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

I did not read the first book, so I am not sure what story lines occurred before this book started. At first it was a little confusing. There are many story lines in this book, all set in different parts of the country. I would prefer to follow each sibling though his/her story in one book. The ending left a little to be desired in my opinion. That said, however, I did enjoy listening to this story and would consider another of John Heldt’s books.
The narrator, Chaz Allen, would be someone I would listen to in the future. The narrators are a big part of the ones listening pleasure. The narration was excellent. It was an easy to listen to this book.
This is my honest unbiased review. I received a free copy in exchange for this review.

  • James Lake - the Big Foot File

  • By: Neil F. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Greg Patmore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

James Lake is a typical 12-year-old kid...that is if you count debunking myths like the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Santa Claus as being typical. With his family's move from Florida to Washington, James is thrown into social chaos and finds himself hunting for Bigfoot while trying to dodge the school bullies and keep himself off the endangered species list. Will James debunk the legend of Big Foot, or will he find that not all myths are so easily dismissed? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful children's to teen novel

  • By CuteAsADaisy on 09-04-18

A great story for young adults and young at heart

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

LOVED this story. It is near the top of my favorites list. The music between the chapters is a nice addition. I enjoyed it. The trials of moving as experienced by a 12 year old, the friendships lost and new ones found, and of course the hunt for Bigfoot. Many unexpected turns in the story. Can’t wait for part 2. A great story by Neil Wilson. The narration was easy to listen to. Thanks to Greg Patmore’s great voices.

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  • Jessica's Challenge

  • Puatera Online, Book 5
  • By: Dawn Chapman, Jess Mountifield
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Barbetta
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

With her future decided, 18-year-old Jessica and her sisters sneak off for one last night of fun. Breaking into their mother's lab, the three of them are thrust into the glitchy online world of Puatera. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Freakin' love Puatera-Online stories...

  • By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 09-03-18

Different from my normal listens, good story

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

First let me say I did not know this was based on a real RPG game. I am not a gamer nor did I listen to the earlier books in this series so taking that in to account, I really enjoyed this book. The narration by Suzanne Barbetta was great. It was easy to listen to this story. I would listen to other books narrated by Suzanne. The story line kept my attention. It is not a book I would normally pick, but fun it to be very well written and I will listen to other books by the authors.

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  • Divine Fate: The Complete Series

  • By: Alicia Rades
  • Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

Ryn Tyler's life changed the day she killed a demon. Now she's been thrown headfirst into a magical school for angels with the power to become their savior in the war against demons. She trains in secret with her bad boy mentor, Marek, who is hiding a troubled past. Only Ryn has the ability to end the war and save the people she loves. But Ryn's fate doesn't just concern her new home. If she fails, humanity will fall, and the very world will be at stake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome series

  • By Tabb on 09-05-18

Angels and demons Not your average angel story

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Buy the complete series! Ryn does not know about her powers until she moves to a new town. Although she had used the powers as a child. This is a great trilogy and I am glad I listened to the entire series. The narration is very easy to listen to and I would listen to books read by Natalie Naudus again. I will read another Alicia Rades book. Great Narration, Great story!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful