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  • Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,809

A hilarious new standalone novella brimming with otherworldly charm from the reigning queen of paranormal romantic comedy Molly Harper! Ingrid Asher is the newest resident of Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shapeshifters, vampires, witches and dragons live alongside humans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and Cute!

  • By Britt Franks on 06-03-19

Short, fun and sweet

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

Reviewed: 07-05-19

I didn't read the previous stories in the series, but I don't think it's necessary to enjoy this one. Like a lot of Molly Harper's stories this was light, sweet, and a bit slapstick funny in parts. Liked that the heroine was a tree nymph, a supernatural creature I've never read about before. Ingrid was guarded, but likable and pretty funny in parts. Rob was just an all-around sweetheart.

Amanda Ronconi's performance is always a treat, both male and female voices were spot on. I liked her the accent she assigned for Ingrid, not too overpowering. I liked Jonathan Davis' performance of Rob, but his performance of Ingrid not so much, especially in comparison to Amanda Ronconi's performance of Ingrid. If they have both male and female narrators why don't they have them perform the male and female parts throughout the book? It's rarely done and it's a question I keep asking. Oh, well, this was mostly a win.

  • The Sixth Idea

  • Monkeewrench, Book 7
  • By: P. J. Tracy
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

The peaceful Christmas season in Minneapolis is shattered when two friends, Chuck Spencer and Wally Luntz, scheduled to meet in person for the first time, are murdered on the same night, two hours and several miles apart, dramatically concluding winter vacation for homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good story; terribly disappointing narrator

  • By Shelby B. Young on 01-25-17

Love the series, but this narrator, not so much

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

Reviewed: 06-27-19

Another great mystery with Gino, Leo and the Monkeewrench crew! A group of scientists from the past and their descendants factor into this mystery.

Loved the ending with Leo and Grace!

I didn't care for Peter Berkrot's narration much especially since he made Gino and Leo sound like Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny, and I couldn't tell which character was speaking half the time. Yeah, not a fan. Thankfully he doesn't narrate any of the other books.

On to the next one!

  • Burn for Me

  • A Hidden Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,396

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career - a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire. Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan - a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK

  • By Owned By Fizz on 07-29-15

An amazing series!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

I know that Ilona Andrews are an amazing writing team, but I’m always in awe all over again when I pick up one of their books. Burn For Me was a perfect blend of action, adventure, danger, humor, and sizzling HOT chemistry all wrapped into one riveting story!

It the Hidden Legacy world there are regular humans and humans who’ve inherited magical talents thanks to the Osiris serum discovered in 1863. Now in present day there are families or Houses of magic users with differing talents and levels of strength: Minor, Average, Notable, Significant, and Prime, the most powerful level.

Nevada Baylor, of Baylor Investigative Agency is tasked with the impossible by her parent company: bring in Adam Pierce, a Prime pyrokinetic, someone who controls fire. He’s rich, good looking, raises trouble wherever he goes, and now has just been accused of killing a man. Adam’s family, House Pierce wants him brought in, unharmed, before the cops find him. As if that isn’t bad enough, Mad Rogan, a Prime of legendary powers, is also on Adam’s trail, and decides Nevada is the best way to get to him.

Being so powerful makes both Adam and Mad deadly, unstoppable forces. Adam is a dangerous combination of arrogance and power with no regard for others. The guy is seriously unhinged, and on a mission. Mad is also arrogant and entitled, but he seemed like he had some conscience. We don’t know much about him, yet except from what Nevada observes. Nevada wants nothing to do with either man, but she’s forced into finding Adam or lose her business. Nevada reluctantly teams up with Mad after it becomes apparent she won’t succeed without help. She doesn’t want to be attracted to Mad, but their chemistry is intense and sexually charged! I loved their banter, the push and pull was funny as hell!

I also got a kick out of Nevada’s family: Grandma Frida, the mechanic, her Mother, a retired army sniper, two teenage younger sisters, Bern, her cousin and part-time intelligence officer. Grandma’s teasing about Mad Rogan and Nevada getting together was priceless! The family bickering was hilarious and so true to life, and the love they shared was obvious and strong.

Nevada’s the kind of character I love: conformable in her own skin, fiercely protective of her family, with a strong moral compass. Her powers have been held in secret, for good reason, although, as a reader you find out what it is very early on. I have my suspicions about her ranking, but I’ll keep that to myself, too.

Renee Raudman is Ilona Andrews’ fantastic narrator! I’m beyond excited to get my hands on the next installment!

  • White Hot

  • A Hidden Legacy Novel
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,209
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,066
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,064

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill - she knows when people are lying - and she's used that magic (along with plain hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super entertaining, unsure on narrator!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-04-17

LOVE this series!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

The Hidden Legacy series is quickly shaping up to be one of my all time favorites. No surprise there, because in my opinion the husband and wife writing team that make up Ilona Andrews are so very talented! Thrilling plots, laugh-out-loud humor and romances that ooze sexual tension are the hallmarks of every one of their books! I can’t recommend their writing enough!

The Hidden Legacy series is set in a modern day Texas where people with magic powers have clout and are organized into family Houses. The more magical power you have, the more power you have. I break it down a little better in my review for Burn For Me , the first book.

White Hot, the second book in the series, picks up two months after the events of Burn For Me. Nevada is pulled into a dangerous investigation when Cornelius Harris hires her to find his wife’s killer. She was working as an attorney for a private investigation company owned by House Forsberg, specializing in corporate espionage. His wife was brutally gunned down in a hotel and Cornelius is devastated by her death, and even though Nevada’s first instinct is to refuse the job because of the danger. But Nevada knows she wouldn’t be able to look herself in the mirror if she doesn’t help him. The investigation immediately turns deadly; underscoring the serious threat they’re up against.

Of course, this series wouldn’t be as much fun if Connor “Mad” Rogan, didn’t somehow factor in, and he becomes a big part of the story very quickly! I was thrilled about that because the minute they’re in a room together the sexual tension climbs and the sparks fly! The hilarious sniping, clever banter, sexual innuendo is just too much fun! In spite of not seeing Connor for two months, his impact on Nevada’s senses is not dulled at all. Oh, these two could light my kindle on fire! Their relationship was mostly love/hate with a few really good moments, in the last book, so I was so pleased at the progress they made here, getting to know each other and the person underneath.

Nevada’s family is super funny, as well. Her Grandma, the mechanic who assembles tanks, her mother an ex-sniper for the army, and her younger sisters and cousin Bern, Nevada’s information specialist, make for an eclectic bunch. Nevada’s grandmother and sisters tease her mercilessly about Mad in such an annoying way only accomplished by family! Many laughs there! I was happy to find out more about her sister’s magic powers, and now I can see why her family is so secretive about all of their abilities!

Like I said, I LOVE this series, and as usual Renee Raudman's performance enhances an already brilliant story! She's one of my all-time favorite narrators!

  • Beard Science

  • Winston Brothers, Book 3
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Joy Nash, Chris Brinkley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is not to be Tennessee's reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother's ambitions, and her father's puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate. And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than 5 Quirky, Swoony Stars!!

  • By Diane S. on 04-24-17

Sexy & hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

This story had me cracking up so many times! Joy Nash's excellent performance made it even funnier than it would've been by just reading.

Loved Cleetus and Jennifer together! The fact she surprised him and his initial assessment of her was so very wrong, and she was actually very smart and didn't miss a thing. Once he figured that out Cleetus appreciated the real Jennifer and helped her shake off The Banana Queen persona, stand up to her parents, and go for life the way she wanted it. Cleetus also had some positive personal growth thanks to help from Jennifer. These two brought out the best in each other, which is exactly what a couple should do.

  • Steel's Edge

  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248

The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Wal-Mart and magic is a fairy tale—and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…Charlotte de Ney is as noble as they come, a blueblood straight out of the Weird. But even though she possesses rare magical healing abilities, her life has brought her nothing but pain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great addition to the series! :D

  • By Malinda on 05-26-13

A fabulous series!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

Glad to have finally finished this series! I really loved Rose's kid brothers, George and Jack, and also Sophie Marr (aka Lark) throughout the series. They always made me laugh, even though they each had their sad stories, too. They're older teens here and we get to see the beginning of [romantic interest between George and Sophie. (hide spoiler)]This is continued in The Innkeeper Chronicles and I really hope it's developed more in that series. Love these characters!

Renee Raudman's performance of both male and female voices is wonderful! Love her comedic timing!

  • A Touch of Flame

  • The Cowboys of Colorado Series, Book 2
  • By: Jo Goodman
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Dr. E. Ridley Woodhouse is like no physician Ben Madison has ever met - she's a woman. As the newly elected sheriff of Frost Falls, Colorado, Ben is tasked with welcoming Ridley to the community. But while Ben might be tempted by the new doc's charms, getting the town to accept a big-city female doctor is no easy feat. To earn their trust, she'll have to prove herself, and Ben is determined to help her...even if she's the most stubborn woman he's ever met. Then Ridley is threatened, and Ben's protective instincts kick in. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely historical Western romance!

  • By Rlane on 06-07-19

Lovely historical Western romance!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

The fact that E. Ridley Woodhouse, the young doctor that’s come to replace old Dr. Dunlop, is a woman stirs up some gossip, and the town is a little slow accepting a female can be a proper doctor. Fortunately, Dr. Dunlop enlisted the town’s sheriff, Ben Madison to help Ridley in the transition. He’s well respected, and knows everyone in town, even if he’s completely frustrating at times. Like relentlessly trying to find out what exactly the “E.” in E. Ridley Woodhouse stands for, lol. And no, it’s not Eureka!

Ben didn’t know Dr. E. Ridley Woodhouse was a woman, and he has no issues with that. His mother raised him to respect an intelligent woman, but boy, Ridley gets under his skin from the minute she steps off the train! In the best possible way, of course. The romance was playfully antagonistic. The teasing between them cute and funny, enough to put a smile on my face.

There’s some prejudice over having a woman doctor especially in view of the time in history, but Ridley proves herself capable and compassionate. However, treating Lily Salt leads to some trouble with Lily’s husband, Jeremiah Salt. I hated that awful man! Ridley proved herself tough and resourceful, but still, the sheer physical size difference and the fact that he was a mean bully just looking for an opportunity to get his pound of flesh set me on edge. Thankfully, Ridley has quite a few allies when it comes to this difficult and dangerous situation, Ben being the most important.

I thoroughly enjoyed the previous book, A Touch of Frost, and so I was eager to pick up the new installment. Getting a glimpse of what life what like in the late 1800’s is interesting. A life without most modern conveniences like indoor plumbing (chamber pots, eeek!) and where the only source of water is a pump in the kitchen sounds a little daunting!

A Touch of Flame is basically a stand-alone story, some of the events in the last book are recounted because Ben is first introduced there, and his history is important to his character now. But it’s not necessary to read the previous book to enjoy A Touch of Flame. I was pleased to “see” Phoebe and Remington (the couple from the previous book) again, and their cute little son, Colt here. The romance between Ben and Ridley is the heart of the story, but it a little danger and suspense makes this a story you don’t want to put down.

Laurel Lefkow's narration was lovely!

  • The Summer That Made Us

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223

A television talk show host returns to her childhood summer home to rebuild her life after she's fired for falling ratings. The return is bittersweet as the house has been neglected for years. She's flooded with memories of the wonderful summers she spent with her sisters and cousins before a tragic event changed everything. Working to uncover what really happened the last summer they were all together, she reaches out to her family and the women all gather for an uneasy family reunion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story -

  • By melissa davis on 09-11-17

A beautiful and intricate story of family & love!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

Robyn Carr weaves an engrossing tale of family bonds, hurt, betrayal and tragedy that touched me deeply!

At the center of the story is Meg and Charlie, sisters enduring their own crisis’, but Meg’s is more urgent. She’s been battling cancer for four long years and just had a bone marrow transplant after chemo and needs to recuperate. Her prognosis is not good, and Charlie wants to be there for Meg in whatever way she can. Life gave Charlie a great opportunity, freed up her time, because she just lost her job as a talk show host, and has no idea what to do next. Add to that Charlie’s long-time committed man (they’ve been together for twenty-years) has just proposed marriage and for some odd reason this rattles Charlie. Meg’s wish is to go to the lake house, a place that holds some of their fondest memories, but a place where tragedy changed their lives forever. Meg and Charlie’s little sister, Bunny, drowned and their mother and aunt parted ways in an ugly way. For twenty-seven years neither family has been back, but that’s about to change.

Spending time at the lake house will stir up drama, but it’s Meg’s wish, and who can deny a woman what is most likely her dying wish? To get to the heart of why everything went to hell they must travel back with their memories to the time when their mothers: Louise and Josephine, (sisters who married brothers) would take them out to Lake Waseka those summers long ago. Was Bunny’s death the only reason for their estrangement or was it something more?

I loved this story sooo much! It made me cry, stirring up so many emotions! It sounds like a lot is going on, but it’s not hard to follow as a reader. I loved the sister dynamic between Meg and Charlie, they’re so very close, but Krista, Josephine’s daughter, and Meg and Charlie’s cousin quickly bonded with them again after so many years apart. Krista had a hard life, but managed to see the positive, and I adored her little slow burn romance that was unexpected, but so sweet for her!

Charlie has basically a marriage-in-crisis sort of situation even though she’s not technically married, her relationship is at odds and I so wanted her to work it out, because Michael was the best kind of man! Meg was just so centered and at peace with her situation, she just broke my heart, though!

Louise, Meg and Charlie’s mom, and Hope, Josephine’s daughter, are also notable characters, but not in a good way. I was stunned and shocked by their behavior, but also less upset with them by the end, as details of their lives are revealed. Each and every character, flaws and all came to life; felt realistic they were crafted so well.

The Lake Wasuka house and location was vividly depicted, and sounded gorgeous! I could smell the pine and wood of the forest, feel the breeze coming off the lake and wish that I was there with Meg, Charlie and Krista having a glass of wine on the porch!

Therese Plummer's narration was perfection! I listened at my usual 1.25xs normal speed.

  • From Lukov with Love

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,958

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one. After 17 years - and countless broken bones and broken promises - she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close. But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she's spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Favorite MZ Slow Burn

  • By Brittany M on 05-13-18

Loved having both male & female narrators

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

It took a bit for Jasmine to grow on me, because she was so stubborn and kind of a bitch at first, but she owned up to her mistakes and made positive changes. I adored Ivan and I was thrilled that there was a male reader just for his parts. The narration was excellent, and I'm glad I waited for the audio book to release before diving in.

  • A Touch of Forever

  • By: Jo Goodman
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Lily Salt has sworn off men. After finally gaining her independence, the last thing she needs is another man telling her what to do. But the handsome railroad engineer from New York isn't at all what she expected. He's kind, gentle...and tempting. A self-acknowledged black sheep, Roen Shepard knows what it means to feel alone. Recognizing a kindred spirit in the reserved widow whose fascinating blue-green eyes have seen too much and charmed by the warmth of her ready-made family, the two begin an unlikely friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite installment to date!

  • By Rlane on 06-07-19

My favorite installment to date!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

Lily Salt has been through a lot, but finally has settled into a comfortable, contented life as a widower and mother of four children. Her careful attempts to keep people at arm’s length goes by the wayside when Roan Shepherd, a railroad engineer, new to Frost Falls takes notice of her. She tries to rebuff his interest, but Roan he’s persistent and as a further complication he hires her son Clay as an assistant.

My heart went out to Lily in the previous book, and so I was so pleased that she’s doing so well for her and her children here. I liked that she was an independent woman and didn’t need a man to make her happy, but the addition of Roan was like icing on a cake. The gradual way their friendship forms was a delight to experience! The careful way Roan treated their burgeoning romance made me fall hard for Roan! The kids were very much a part of the story, each so sweet, and it was touching how protective they were of their mother. These kids needed careful handling as they were affected by the abuse of their mother, as well. I loved how Roan interacted with them, never overbearing, but a father figure there to support and love them.

There’s a bit of suspense here too, as with the previous installments, with Roan’s past mistress in the mix. A selfish sociopath if there ever was one, with her shady detective in tow.

An interesting mix of side characters/stories grabbed my attention. Fedora Chen, an American Chinese woman and the obstacles she faces in this time period, with a nice little romance brewing there, too! I’m wondering if the next installment, if there is one, might feature Fedora? I also enjoyed the Old West setting: the historical aspects of the railway expansion, and life in the 1800’s. Always interesting to imagine how it would be to live back then without all the modern conveniences we have now, and with the differences in attitude towards women and minorities.

I’ve loved the two previous installments, but A Touch of Forever is my favorite to date! The quiet, but intense emotions between these two sucked me in to this lovely story! It is a slow burn romance, but wow it heated up! As a side note, it’s not necessary to read the previous books to enjoy this one. In fact, each book can easily be read as a standalone.

I switched back and forth from the e-book to my audio copy. I loved the Laurel Lefkow’s performance! She captured some of the wry tone of comments and teasing I didn’t necessarily pick up on until listening to her reading. I paid a little more attention while traditionally reading and it definitely enhanced my experience. I listened at my usual 1.25xs the normal speed.