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  • Truth Kills

  • Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries Series, Book 1
  • By: Nanci Rathbun
  • Narrated by: Kieren Calland Metts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Angelina Bonaparte is a force to be reckoned with. When her husband cheats on her after 25 years of marriage, she reinvents herself - trading the life of a suburban housewife for a toned body, designer duds, a cherry-red Miata, and a new career as a private investigator. Now a 50-something hottie with a kickass approach to snooping and a knack for disguise, she takes no prisoners. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoy a great Narrator and a great story.

  • By cosmitron on 02-27-18

Good start to the series

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nanci Rathbun. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Truth Kills is a cozy mystery in which the lead character is not your typical one. Angelina Bonaparte is a in her fifties, is divorced, has grown children, and is a PI. She doesn't need a man but doesn't want to spend the rest of her life alone either. She has a "bozo" ex-husband and there's a touch of romance with another man or two in this book that makes the story even more interesting.

The mystery in Truth Kills is pretty cut and dried and there aren't any big surprises. It's still an enjoyable read (or listen) because of the author's humor and the character's views on life. Being her age, I can identify with her well. The other characters are memorable and many of them aren't what I'd consider "normal." Her friends are quirky but the other people Angelina meets on the case have some warped views. 

The narrator has a nice voice to listen to and did a good job with flow and timing. I was also able to distinguish between the different people and enjoyed a couple of her accents.

I enjoyed listening to Truth Kills and I'm looking forward to starting the next book in the Angelina Bonaparte series, Cash Kills, hopefully tomorrow!

  • Murder by Perfection

  • A Thorny Rose Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Lauren Carr
  • Narrated by: Mike Alger
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night. The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford--the model of perfection in looks, home, and business. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Story, Awesome Narration!

  • By Jan M on 09-01-18

Great addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read several books by Lauren Carr including Kill and Run  and A Fine Year for Murder in which Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are the main characters so I was looking forward to listening to this book. Thorny Rose Mysteries contain some of the same characters as the  Mac Faraday Mysteries. Mac Faraday is Jessica’s father so reading these mysteries are like a continuation of those. They all fit together and are fun to read.

I like Lauren Carr’s writing style. It’s easy to follow and she doesn’t get bogged down with lengthy descriptions. The dialogue is especially enjoyable. There are quite a few characters in this book, as in the other Thorny Rose Mysteries but they’re easy to keep track of because I know so many of them from previous books. If I were a new reader, I'd probably have to keep a list of them in order to not get confused.

Murphy and Jessica have only been married about a year but now that she's in school, they're having a rough time trying to find together time. When Murphy is picking up pizza for dinner one night, he runs into an old buddy and they decide to meet the next morning because his friend wants to talk to him about something. Just as Murphy gets to the park, his friend is shot and killed. Suddenly, he and Jessica are embroiled in mystery and murder. And then Murphy disappears. Will they find him in time?

The narrator does a good job narrating the story.  He has a good voice for narrating and does a good job with clarity and pace.

Murder by Perfection is a page turner and is another fine whodunit that will keep you guessing and I recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery. It will also stand alone without reading the previous books, but I suggest reading the books in order.

  • Sea Breeze Academy

  • By: Bryant Loney
  • Narrated by: Brendan McCay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

A missing student, or maybe several. Embedded marketing, sushi, token friends, and cacti. The sound of the Pacific waves in the background. Smothering darkness. The threat of Alaska. Another perfect, perfect day. Happiness lives here. Brooklyn, Matthew, and the gang are ready to rock their last few weeks of junior year at their elite boarding school on the California coast. But something is amiss. Experimental and subversive, Sea Breeze Academy is a smart love letter to the Nickelodeon and Disney Channel sitcoms you grew up with. Are you ready?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably better to read rather than listen to

  • By Dawn H on 10-02-18

Probably better to read rather than listen to

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I like reading books for young adults or middle-grade readers most of the time, but Sea Breeze Academy was one that was hard for me to follow. It may be better in print but the audiobook was not easy to listen to. It was more like a script than an actual book and it started with Season 5 so I was totally lost when it jumped back to Season 1.

The characters said “registered trademark” a lot when stating a brand name and it tickled me once I realized why they were saying it, especially when one of the characters asked why they kept saying it.

Although Sea Breeze Academy isn’t for me, I think this is a book that middle-grade readers might enjoy reading.

  • A Mother's Lie

  • By: Jo Crow
  • Narrated by: Stacy Hinkle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

When her child’s life is at stake, a mother will do anything to save him.? Clara McNair is running out of time to save her son, James. When the two-year-old is diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, only an experimental treatment can save his life. She desperately needs money to pay for the surgery, but she’ll have to travel back to the site of her darkest memories to get it? Clara has escaped the demons of her youth - or so she thinks. It’s been 10 years since the mysterious disappearance of her parents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good mystery.

  • By cosmitron on 05-08-18

Suspenseful thriller

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Clara McNair has returned to her hometown to star in a documentary about the disappearance of her parents 10 years ago. It’s the last thing she wants to do but she needs money for medical treatment for her son James, and they’ll pay her enough to cover those expenses.

Clara knows that most people in Hickory Hills believe she murdered her parents but she was just a wild teenager who actually loved them dearly. Unfortunately, when she returns she learns that her father wasn’t the pillar of the community that she thought. Someone else in town must think that she knows more about her father than she does because she’s receiving threats, someone is following her, and her safety is in peril.

She decides to take matters into her own hands and find out what she can about the past. There were a couple surprises and a couple twists but the murderer wasn’t much of a surprise. I didn’t feel that Clara was portrayed realistically because a mom, especially one who would do anything to save her son, wouldn’t leave her son with someone he didn’t know. Even though Amanda was Clara’s best friend 10 years ago, 10 years is a long time. James is known to have seizures and she left him with her overnight!

The narrator did a good job. Her pace was good and I was able to follow easily and always knew who was speaking.

I enjoyed reading (listening to) A Mother’s Lie and look forward to reading more by this author.

  • The Sigma Surrogate

  • When Tomorrow Calls
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Jean Ann Douglass
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Keke is a biopunk journalist who won't stop till she exposes the truth. Will her reckless ambition help the surrogates, or harm them? Join Keke on her mission to uncover the biggest story she's ever encountered. You'll meet Jasmine and Marko and get pulled under with Kirsten, who's on the cusp of her own nail-biting story.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story that is filled with action

  • By cosmitron on 07-13-18

Good Beginning to the Series

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by JT Lawrence. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

I knew this was a prequel to a series so I listened to it with the expectation of getting to know this world and its characters before I read the series. 2021 has become of world of mostly infertile women and those who can conceive are highly regarded, but there’s something going on that seems sinister. I’m sure there will be more about that in the future.

KeKe is a reporter and she is working on a big story. She seems to be willing to do just about anything to get a story, and I think she’s going to get more than she bargained for. Her friend Kirsten is introduced and there’s already a mystery surrounding her. KeKe has just met Marco through the internet and although it made me nervous how they “hooked up,” it looks like he’s going to be a helpful resource for her, among other things.

I’m glad I listened to this first and I’m definitely psyched about starting the series!

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  • The Culling

  • The Culling Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Ramona Finn
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Glade Io is a trained killer. Marked at a young age as an individual with violent tendencies, she was taken from her family and groomed to be a Datapoint—a biotech-enabled analyst who carries out the Culling. She is designed to identify and destroy any potential humans that threaten the colonies: those marked as lawbreakers, unproductive or sick. But when she’s kidnapped by rogue colonists known as the Ferrymen, everything Glade thinks she knows about the colonies, and The Authority that runs them, collapses into doubt.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than I thought!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 05-12-18

Young adult science fiction at its best

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ramona Finn. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

The Culling is about a terrible future not just for Earth but for the entire solar system. The Authority has taken over and it is their practice to rid the solar system of those who have violent tendencies through what they call culling. They have teenagers called Datapoints who have been synced to their database and they are trained to do the actual culling.

Glade Io is special and the Authority expects more out of her than anyone else. Unfortunately, she's beginning to question some things. She doesn't understand why she's not allowed to get into the Database to see how things work. This and her independence tend to get her into trouble and she knows that she could die if she's not careful.

Glade's character is well-developed and I could feel the conflict within her especially when she was told her sisters would become Datapoints. The rest of the characters are interesting, some evil, some fun. 

The narrator does a good job at timing as well as differentiating between the different characters.

The Culling is definitely a book you don't want to miss if you like young adult fiction. The way it ends though will make you want to read the second book right away!

  • Olivia MacAllister, Who Are You?

  • By: Celine Rose Mariotti
  • Narrated by: Victoria Phelps
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Bobby MacAllister and Noel Simpson are cousins, who visit their Uncle Eb in Maine for the summer. There they embark on an adventure to discover the story of their ancestors and the secrets of the ghost, Olivia, who stays in the house. Together, with family friends and partners from the town, they uncover the truth of a long lost love story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A children's ghost story

  • By Dawn H on 07-12-18

A children's ghost story

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Bobby and Olivia are cousins who are visiting Uncle Eb for the summer. The house he lives in has been in the family form many years. When they meet the ghost Olivia, they're intrigued rather than scared. They decide to learn more about her then decide that they want to help her. Will they succeed in helping Olivia to move on? What secrets will be revealed? How many more ghosts are in the old house?

Olivia MacAllister, Who Are You? is a good ghost story for children to listen to or read. Even though ghosts are involved, they're nice ghosts, so it's not a story that will keep children up at night. There's also part of the story that touches on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War era. 

The narrator did a good job with pace and timing. There were a few times when she didn't change voices. For example, once when a grownup was talking, the voice didn't change when Bobby started talking.

I recommend Olivia MacAllister, Who Are You? for children who enjoy stories that are mysteries or are about ghosts.

  • Oshun Rising

  • Trinity Forest, Book 2
  • By: Jennifer Alsever
  • Narrated by: Moira Todd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Oshun has everything a young pop star could ever want - fame, fortune, and beauty to spare. But there's something dark inside of her, rising like the tide, fighting to be heard. Something that terrifies her. Because once she lets it out, she knows there's no going back. Ember is drowning. Fighting for consciousness, struggling to make sense of the strange dreams she's been having - prophecies of murder, deception, and blackmail. Maddie is barely staying afloat with her best friend Ember still missing, presumed dead. Then she learns a pop star may be involved in Ember's disappearance....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware, more questions than answers - need book 3!

  • By Jenn Crouse on 07-04-18

Good Series

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Alsever. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.

I listened to Ember Burning, the first book in the Trinity Forest series and was glad I had Oshun Rising to listen to right after it because I had to find out what was going to happen! 

Ember is no longer supposed to exist. She's been "reborn" as the pop star Oshun. But her rebirth was rushed, she didn't want it, and mistakes were made. So Ember still exists somewhere deep down in Oshun and occasionally, Ember gets a glimpse of what is going on. 

Ember's brother Jared has never given up on finding her. When he calls Ember's best friend Maddie she's concerned about his obsession with finding Ember after three years have passed. She decides a road trip might be what he needs and they end up going to one of Oshun's concerts. Poor Maddie is trying to help Jared and she realizes that she loves him, but she's afraid she's going to lose Jared along with Ember.

Jennifer Alsever does a great job at expressing Maddie's thoughts and feelings as well as her confusion when trying to deal with Jared and Oshun. The narrator, Moira Todd, also does well and has good timing and a good singing voice as Oshun/Ember.

Oshun Rising has a little bit of everything: paranormal, fantasy, horror, romance, drama, and humor. I can't wait until I have the time to listen to the third book in the series. Oshun Rising stops at a good place but the world is still at risk!

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  • Ember Burning

  • Trinity Forest, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Alsever
  • Narrated by: Moira Todd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Author Jennifer Alsever delivers an addictive story about a teen grieving over her parent's tragic death who becomes entangled with a mysterious forest teeming with urban legends of strange disappearances and witchcraft. Ember Trouve used to be alive, driven to become a musician and on a path to college. That was before her parents died. One day, after venturing into the fabled Trinity Forest, she goes missing. Now, Ember must confront the truth behind her parents' death - or lose herself to the forest forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating Paranormal YA Story

  • By Isabel Robles on 03-14-18

Good start, looking forward to listening to #2

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Alsever. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.

Ember is a teenager whose parents died in a car accident. She was also in the accident but not only survived it, she blames herself for it. She was once a good student but she doesn't care any more. She's alienated her best friend and has even started popping pills.

And then Ember goes to Trinity Forest. It's a place that the people from her town stay away from because so many people have disappeared there. She meets some people who seem nice, live in an amazing house, and want her to stay. It seems too good to be true...and it is. When she wants to leave, she finds out that she's not allowed to and the gate that she entered to get onto the property no longer exists.

Jennifer Alsever does a good job making the reader feel what Ember is going through. There were times I thought she was being immature but then I remembered she's just in high school. She's young! The narrator, Moira Todd, also does well portraying Ember and has good timing and a good singing voice.

Ember Burning is a scary young adult book with a touch of romance and several damaged characters. It could actually end with book one but I'm glad there are more books in the series. In fact, I'm getting ready to listen to the next book and look forward to seeing what is going to happen.

  • The Hokey Pokey Pirates

  • By: Kristi King-Morgan, Peyton King
  • Narrated by: Jerry Fischer
  • Length: 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Who would've thought that going outside to jump on the trampoline would lead to an exciting, high-seas adventure? That's exactly what happened to Charlie and Lexie when they went out to play while their mom was cooking supper. Hokey Pokey Pirates is a story written by a child for children, using her own bond with her brothers to teach the importance of family bonding time in an imaginative and fun way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loads of Fun

  • By Laura Hernandez on 07-28-18

Short but cute

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

I chose to listen this audiobook after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What an adorable story! I was impressed that it was written by a child. This audiobook is only 5 minutes long but it’s creative and it encourages imagination and spending time with siblings. It’s also funny. Can you imagine teaching pirates how to do the Hokey Pokey?

Hokey Pokey Pirates is a great short story for children of all ages. It would be especially good for young children who have trouble focusing for long periods of time.