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Trish R.

JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
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  • Eye of Truth

  • Agents of the Crown, Book 1
  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Vivienne Leheny
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

After 10 years at war, Jev Dharrow looks forward to hanging up his sword, relaxing with a cool mug of ale, and forgetting that the love of his life married another man while he was gone. But when his ship sails into port, a beautiful woman wearing the garb of an inquisitor from one of the religious orders waits to arrest him. He’s accused of stealing an ancient artifact with the power to start another war. Jev would gladly hand over the artifact to stop more suffering, but he has no idea where it is or even what it looks like. The inquisitor woman definitely has the wrong person. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GOOD START.

  • By Bunty on 10-25-18

Okay book and barely okay narration..

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

I have no idea if I liked this book or not. It was interesting, about a relic that was stolen and all that happened to find it.

I liked Jev and Zenia but not as a couple. I didn’t feel any kind of chemistry at all between them. So, if the author was trying to write a romance she failed. I’m not sure I’d want to go forward with this series.

There was nothing even resembling romance! AND no swearing to speak of, what was supposed to be swearing was just silly, “By the Founders,” “Four Founders, it was dark in these mangroves,” By the pointed teeth of the Founders,” maybe not silly as much as stupid.

As to the narration: Vivienne Leheny was just okay for me. Her voices were fine but sometimes she was sooo dramatic and other times she read like a robot. She wasn’t consistent.

  • Boundary Crossed

  • An Old World Novel, Book 1
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,775

After her twin sister's brutal death, former US Army Sergeant Allison "Lex" Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie, from every possible danger. Then when two vampires attempted to kidnap the child, it quickly turned into a fight to the death - Lex's death, that is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Deceptively Well Written with Great Narration

  • By JTF on 05-14-15

Good book.. Fantastic narration..

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19



Let me start by reiterating AGAIN how lazy I think authors are that write in the first person. Yeah, I know you can get each book out faster BUT to only want us to know what’s going on with the MC and no one else is just terrible. I mean, a lot of us want to know what’s going on elsewhere and what others might be thinking and doing. But, as much as I hate first person narratives, I have no choice but to read them because more and more authors are going in that direction. AND I really, really, really hate it when a vampire or shape-shifter or Fea or any other creature does NOT exist is written in the first person. Do you think we want to read I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, through a whole book? It’s lazy writing! This is not the first time I’ve mentioned this and it sure won’t be the last. And that’s MY opinion.

Now to the book, since I’ve finished my rant.

Overall, it was a decent story, about Lex, a Boundary Witch, who was pretty powerful. She could “press” a vampire, make him tell her everything she wants to know AND she brought Simon back from the dead, and this was all happening while she was taking lessons in being the witch, she never knew she was AND keeping her 18 month old niece safe from vampire kidnappers. Oh, and she talked to her dead sister Samantha, too.

Quinn was our vamp hero but there was nothing more than a little kiss that happened between them. The most un-sexual vampire book that I’ve ever read.

So, no romance whatsoever. And the F-bomb was used 15 times.

This was a free read and free listen, but I doubt I’ll read any more from this series. I felt like I was cheated out of so much because it was written in the first person. But if YOU are interested in this series that are ALL free read and free listen.

As to the narrator: Love, love, love Kate Rudd. She laughs, cries, yells, whispers, whatever the book calls for. AND her men sound like men, what more can you ask for.

  • The Rogue: Rogues & Gentlemen Book 1 (Rogues and Gentlemen)

  • By: Emma V. Leech
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

1815 - Along the wild and untamed coast of Cornwall, smuggling is not only a way of life but a means of survival. Henrietta Morton knows well to look the other way when the free trading 'gentlemen' are at work. Yet when a notorious pirate, known as The Rogue, bursts in on her in the village shop, she takes things one step further. Bewitched by a pair of wicked blue eyes, in a moment of insanity she hides the handsome fugitive from the local militia. Her reward is a kiss that she just cannot forget. But in his haste to escape with his life, her pirate drops a letter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this story..

  • By Trish R. on 03-21-19

Loved this story..

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19


I was afraid I wasn’t going to like this book, but I ended up enjoying it. I was skeptical about liking Henri (Henrietta, a horrible name for a heroine so I’m glad she was called Henri) but I liked her in the end. However, I didn’t like her as much as I liked the Rogue, Lawrence. He was always so happy, and his eyes were always sparkling with mischief, and I like that kind of MC.

Anyway, Henri was engaged to someone she couldn’t stand and went looking for help from a pirate. Needless to say, that didn’t turn out well because the Militia suddenly showed up and Henri and Lawrence (Lars to his crew) took off out the back and ended up on his ship and sailing away, much to her chagrin. And the story got much better after that.

At first, I didn’t like Alex, but he sure turned out to be different that what we were led to believe. I liked Mousy and Annie, too.

There was explicit sex in this but no swearing to speak of.

As to the narration: Philip Battley was simply wonderful. Yeah, he can use a little practice on the women’s voices, but Lawrence’s voice was just awesome, it made the whole book more enjoyable. And his emotions when he read were perfect.

  • Ever Strange

  • By: Alisa Woods
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Brooke Hayden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 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

 Ever Strange is the first book in a new paranormal romantic suspense series from best-selling romance author Alisa Woods. The first three books in the series follow the three Strange sisters, each powerful witches in an influential magickal family embroiled in a mysterious plot to change everything about the magickal world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book and narration..

  • By Trish R. on 03-18-19

Wonderful book and narration..

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19


At first, I was skeptical about this when I read about the whips Zane used on himself but he explained it to Ever so I was okay with it after that. AND he only whipped himself once to control the Incubus monster inside him.

Anyway, this wasn’t your usual romance, which is why I enjoyed it so much. Yeah, they had sex BUT it didn’t overpower the storyline. It was about a drug that people were overdosing on, only they weren’t, AND the dead who were disappearing from the morgue. Ever’s father was one of them that was supposed to have OD’d and disappeared but Ever wasn’t just going to let it go. Zane was an Incubus FBI agent who ended up working with Ever, so that’s how that came about.

It was a very good story and I will definitely read the second book when it comes out in May.

There was explicit sex in this but not until about 90%. And the F-bomb was used 89 times.

As to the narration: Absolutely perfect. Yeah, it had 2 narrators and they took turns, instead of her doing the female voices and him doing the males, but it was all wonderful. Lance Greenfield did a great job, but Brooke Hayden was phenomenal. She whispered and yelled and really sounded like she was crying a couple of times. I had never listened to her before but I will from now on.

  • When Death Became a Woman

  • Death Is a Woman, Book 1
  • By: River Tatum, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

After a chance encounter with a man she enjoys throws her down a path she almost can't believe, she struggles to cope with her newfound purpose: saving lives. Ushering souls into the afterlife - it can't be real, right? But the men who catch her in the act are real. And their adoration for her is very real. The attention they give her is real. The words they whisper in her ears are real. But after running into a man who flips her already twisted world on its head, she questions everything once again.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nice cover but not a good read/listen..

  • By Trish R. on 03-17-19

Nice cover but not a good read/listen..

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19



Oh, yeah! Talking about his horrendous snoring AND the fact that she would need a GAS-MASK to go back to bed with Brayden because of his FA*TS was real romantic. Even Debra said it was “absolutely gross,” when she woke up to find Death in the bedroom, wanting to talk to her.

Plus, Debra will sleep with anyone, first Carl, then Brayden, then Sam, then John. I can only guess at how many more there will be. She slept with Brayden Friday night, had a date for dinner and sex with Sam Saturday and the following Saturday she had a date with John, who she ended up in bed with, too. What a slut.

AND Debra “giggled” every time she turned around. OMG! Giggle, giggle, giggle. Don’t authors know that the only people who “giggle” are 15-year-old girls and insane serial killers. I have no idea why I finished this, since I hate books where the female MC has multiple sex partners and they giggle all the freakin' time.

About the sex? Well, Debra kissed her partners a lot. There was a little touchy-feely that went on, and a lot of none-too-dirty sex talk, but not really any sex. It was all fade-to-black.

Also, there was no HEA or HFN, no nothing. Debra ended up alone. I guess you’d have to read the next book if you wanted to know if she ends up with John, and that’s not going to happen. Between the snoring, the fa*ts and Debra’s vomiting I’m not interested in this author anymore.

And the F-bomb was used 44 times.

As to the narration: Hillary Huber was just okay for me. There was a lot of laughing going on at the end of a sentence, but the narrator DID NOT laugh. THAT and a narrator NOT whispering when the book calls for it are killers for me. I wouldn’t go out of my way to listen to Hillary Huber again.


  • Faking Forever

  • First Wives, Book 4
  • By: Catherine Bybee
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Shannon Wentworth’s biological clock is ticking, and she isn’t going to let her single status keep her from having a baby. When her wedding-photography business takes her to Mexico, she has every intention of finding a willing baby daddy to help her out. Until the bride goes AWOL, leaving Shannon to coddle the arrogant fiancé who has accused her of sabotaging his wedding. Victor Brooks never could have imagined that he’d be on a honeymoon for one. Only here he is, taking a hard look at his life after the younger women he thought he loved walked out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful read and narration..

  • By Trish R. on 03-15-19

Wonderful read and narration..

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19



I just love the First Wives, Shannon, Lori, Avery and Trina. I couldn’t tell you which book was my favorite since they were all special in their own way. BUT I may have liked Avery’s story an itsy-bitsy more than the other 3. Love the husbands too, Wade, Reed, Liam, and soon to be Shannon’s husband, Victor. I did like Shannon. She was less brash and less of a chance-taker than all the rest. So she was totally different that the others’.

AND I’m glad she found out what an idiot he ex, Paul, was. What a creep. You really liked NOT liking him.

This was all about Victor, who was left at the altar, and how he and Shannon got together. Of course, Corrie (the bride) was too young for him, everybody said so, and he didn’t love her. He was ‘settling.’ And his work was more important than she was, anyway. I loved when Shannon told him just what she thought of him as they flew to Mexico for the wedding, only to find out who he really was when she got to the hotel.

There was explicit sex in this, and the F-bomb was used 4 times, and the word fit perfectly each time it was said.

As to the narration: Perfect in every way. Her voices, both male and female were awesome. Emma Wilder gave a perfect performance.

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  • A Dinner to Die For

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series: Mystery Shorts 28
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

When a new restaurant with a starred American chef opens in Cherringham, it seems the Spotted Pig has a worthy rival. But a series of disturbing incidents turns that rivalry into something dangerous - perhaps even fatal. Jack and Sarah get involved and soon discover dark secrets about the new chef Anna... Can they uncover what is really happening before both restaurants go belly-up? Cherringham is a serial novel à la Charles Dickens, with a new audio episode released every two weeks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another perfect installment!

  • By Christina on 03-03-19

Love, love, loves these Cherringham novellas..

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19


Good little story about who was trying to sabotage a new restaurant. Lots of suspicious culprits but Jack and Sarah got to the bottom of it. AND Jack might have found himself a new girlfriend.

As to the narration: Neil Dudgeon always does such a wonderful job on these novellas. If he ever stops narrating them I’d definitely stop listening.

  • Scared to Death

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series: Mystery Shorts 27
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

When classic horror movie star Basil Coates becomes the victim of a series of scary pranks, the local police put it down to a crazed fan. Just pranks, after all... But with Halloween only days away, the spectre of murder suddenly visits the ghostly Coates mansion on the hill outside Cherringham - and Jack and Sarah find themselves caught in a mystery worthy of Basil's spookiest roles... Cherringham is a serial novel à la Charles Dickens, with a new audio episode released every two weeks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just keep getting better...

  • By Mary P. on 02-12-19

I'd like to live in Cherringham..

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19


This was about an old horror film actor who was having spooky things done in his home to his wife and him until it killed him, then it was up to Jack and Sarah to figure out who killed Basil Coates.

As to the narration: Neil Dudgeon does a fantastic job on the voices and the emotions he reads with.

  • Death on a Moonlit Night

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series: Mystery Shorts 26
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

When the boss of the big local DIY outlet is murdered on a moonlit night, all the evidence points to the store's junior manager. And when police retrieve the murder weapon from the Thames, the manager goes on the run. But Jack and Sarah are not at all sure of his guilt. Can they uncover the real killer before it's too late for the runaway suspect? Cherringham is a serial novel à la Charles Dickens, with a new audio episode released every two weeks. Set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, the detective series brings together an unlikely sleuthing duo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Teresa Fields on 02-18-19

Great little read/listen...

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19


This was about a murder of a boss that deserved it BUT the man who was framed for it, Nick, did not deserve it. Nick was the fiancé of Sarah’s partner, so we knew all the while that he was innocent. It was a pretty good frame-job too, but they couldn’t pull anything over on Jack, our retired NYPD Detective.

As to the narration: Love they sound of Neil Dudgeon voice for everyone, especially Jack. He always does such a wonderful job on these novellas.

  • Secret Santa

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series, Mystery Shorts 25
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

Bill Vokes has played Santa at the children's Christmas show for years. But with the show just hours away, he vanishes with no explanation. The whole village is baffled. Did something bad happen to loveable Bill, upstanding citizen, churchgoer, life and soul of the party and the holiday season? Jack and Sarah are on the case - and soon discover there are secrets about this Santa that no one could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series! please make more!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-11-18

Love Jack Brennen and narration is awesome..

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19


So, back to Cherringham after reading several other books. This is novella 25 in the series, and I’ve enjoyed this one and the other 24 before it.

I love Jack and Sarah and all the little mysteries they solve.

This one was about a missing Santa and a robbery that happened years before. And to answer the reviewer who wanted to know why the robber was let get away: the robbery happened over 20 years ago so the statute of limitations had run out AND he had none nothing but good things since he made that mistake. It was another cute story and you couldn't help but like the ex-robber Bill.

Unfortunately, I’m a little lost. At the end of story 24, A Death in the Family, which had nothing to do with Jack’s family, Jack got a call from the United States telling him that his daughter and son-in-law were in a serious car accident and it was barely mentioned in this story, and I do mean barely, but that’s it. Not how long Jack was gone, how his family was, nothing. I didn’t like that at all.

As to the narration: Neil Dudgeon is absolutely wonderful.