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Trish R.

JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
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  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 7-9
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 7 - 9: THE BODY IN THE LAKE, SNOWBLIND and PLAYING DEAD.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended!

  • By Marge on 10-03-16

Just wonderful..

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18



THE BODY IN THE LAKE

Okay, there was a murder in this one. Sarah and Jack had to figure out who killed the Mayor of a small town in France, who was trying to pull out of the “twinning” deal being put together between his town and Cherringham. Another surprise as to why he was really killed and the exciting way he was caught.

SNOWBLIND

Another good little mystery, about an old man who left a nursing home one night during a blizzard and got lost in the woods and froze to death. Of course there was more to it than that and Jack and Sarah had to find out what was going on at Broadmead Grange Nursing Home that one of their residents ended up dead and the home itself was without power when Jack and Sarah took another of the residents home.

PLAYING DEAD

Loved these 3 novellas, too. This time Sarah and Jack had to figure out who wanted to shut down the theater even before it open for the first performance. One “accident” after another, almost killing two people. And even though no one died it was still a sad ending after they got the would be killer and found out his story. I was glad that Jack and Alan, the cop, were going to try to help the bad guy, who wasn’t really so bad.

There was no romance or swearing in this compilation. Totally rated G.

As to the narration: Neil Dudgeon was, as usual, awesome. I mean, there wasn’t an emotion this man didn’t express in his reading. That best was how he laughed EVERY SINGLE TIME it was called for. And there were a lot of times either Sarah or Jack laughed. Spectacular narration.


  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 4-6
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village to find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 4 - 6: THICK AS THIEVES, LAST TRAIN TO LONDON and THE CURSE OF MABB'S FARM.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive series!

  • By Deb on 10-30-16

Every bit as good as the first 3 novellas..

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18



THICK AS THIEVES

This was about a Roman Plate found on the farm of Pete, who was to share the monies that came from anything Jerry Pratt and his friend Baz discovered, with their metal detectors, on his land. But, the plate was stolen that same night and it was up to Jack and Sarah to find out who had stolen it.

Another fun little adventure for the detecting twosome.

LAST TRAIN TO LONDON

Okay, this was about a murder of a jeweler/puppeteer who was supposed to be from Germany but it turned out he was from Romania. Jack and Sarah were looking into it but nothing seemed to make sense, until it did. It was a sad story but it turned out to be a great ending.

THE CURSE OF MABB’S FARM

A curse that was not a curse but Jack and Sarah had to figure out what was going on. And I have to admit I was really surprised at who was “causing” the curse.

Again I enjoyed these 3 novellas immensely. Not that edge of you seat read, just a calm little read that kept me calm and happy. I will definitely read all the Cherringham novellas. It’ll take me a while but I enjoyed Jack and Sarah so much I won’t forget them no matter how long it takes me to read them.

As to the narration: I can only reiterate what I said in the first 3 novellas I listened to. Neil Dudgeon does kind of stink at the women’s voices but he does everything else so perfectly I can look past that. His voice for the American Jack was simply awesome.




  • Venom & Vanilla

  • The Venom Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Shannon Mayer
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 894

Successful Seattle baker Alena Budrene doesn't want to die. But when she's infected with a lethal virus spread by supernatural beings, her only chance for recovery is to make a deal with the devil - or in this case, a warlock. Though he saves her life, it looks nothing like the life she once knew - and neither does she. Alena is a new breed of "Supe" no one has ever seen before. Even the supernatural police don't know what she is. Now exiled to the northern side of the Wall, is thrust into a dark and magical new world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Book Junkie on 11-08-16

DNF..

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18



Yeah, this “heroine” is too stupid for me. Every time you turned around she was saying, “Oh dear.” I can’t stand to read the same exclamation so many times in a row. And because she was a “Firstamentalist” she wouldn’t swear so the author gave her really stupid things to say. Such as: Mother-humping whales on the beach,” or “Honey Puffs,” or “Stamped on my Fricky-Dicky forehead,” or “Buffalo Balls,” or “Horrible Donkey Butt.” Really? And I quit at 36% of this silly book, no idea what else she came up with. I can't listen to 8 hours of that stupidness, unless I was listening to a book for a 12 year old. The only funny thing Alena said was by referring to the man in charge of the law enforcement department, SDMP, of the paranormals, as Oberfluffel instead of Oberfall.

I have no idea who the hero is supposed to be but if it’s REMO I’m definitely not interested.

No sex up until I quit, only kiss between Alena and Dahlia and my iPad found the F-bomb used 4 times.

******I would have liked to have known what creature Merlin the Warlock made Alena so if someone can give me an answer to that I would appreciate it but I can’t read anymore to find out myself.******

As to the narration: Saskia Maarleveld did a fantastic job on the voices and emotions when she read so I can recommend her but not the book.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 1-3
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Find

  • By Marie on 10-29-16

Wonderful all around..

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18



MURDER ON THE THAMES

So, I’ve been looking at this set of stories for weeks now and finally decided to buy them, and the audible. I liked the story. It was short and to the point in finding the murderer, which was a surprise. I liked Sarah and Jack, too.

It was about a friend of Sarah’s who was murdered and Jack was a retired cop from New York, living in England. When Sarah stopped at his boat to ask him some questions it piqued Jack’s interest and they were off to solve the murder.

MYSTERY AT THE MANOR

This time Jack and Sarah solve the death of 90-something year old Victor, in a fire in his dilapidated home, and the secret room in his attic. A room no one knew about in his completely empty attic. AND the constant arguing by his hateful children over who would inherit the land, which was worth a fortune.

I enjoyed this novella as much as the first one.


MURDER BY MOONLIGHT

Last novella and I loved all of them. Loved Jack and Sarah, especially.

This was about a young lady named Kirsty, who was deathly allergic to peanuts AND guess how she died? That’s right; she did when she went into anaphylactic shock because someone had given her a cookie with peanuts and messed with her EpiPen. So, Jack and Sarah had another murder to solve.

No romance and no swearing. Definitely rated G. I would recommend this set of novellas. As soon as I catch up with my TBR list I will reading the rest of these books.

As to the narration: Neil Dudgeon didn’t do a very good job on the women’s voices but I could overlook that since he did such a spectacular job on all the men and his awesome emotions while reading. I do have to compliment the narrator on Jack’s voice. Everyone in the book spoke with an English accent but Jack was an American and his voice was absolutely wonderful. I couldn’t wait for Jack to say something; I didn’t care what it was.


  • The Valkyrie and the Marine

  • By: jj Keller
  • Narrated by: Stephen Floyd
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

During a mission in North Korea, Harrison's Force Reconnaissance team is ambushed. Critically wounded, he's straddled by a magnificent blonde wearing a helmet of feathers who eliminates his pain. Before he can find out who she is, she's gone. When she turns up in the States months later, he can hardly believe his luck - or the fire burning between them. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Story is 1 star but the narration is MINUS 1.

  • By Trish R. on 12-09-18

Story is 1 star but the narration is MINUS 1.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18



Here’s a new one, “Crimson blond hair seeped into his potato-blond hair.” Really? Potato-blond? WTH made the author compare his hair to a potato? Cray-cray if you ask me.

Also, it was only 69 pages, thank God, and there were too many pages taken up with sex itself, then thinking about sex, and then wanting sex.

The couple fell in love the second they met, with him dying, but didn’t, thanks to her, on the battle field. Then they didn’t see each other for months and in that time Harrison figured out that she was a Valkyrie. Seriously? He got it from the internet. Ugh!

It was, all around, a silly novella, and I'm glad it wasn't any longer than it was.

So, pages of sex, or thoughts of, in these 69 pages and the F-bomb was used 8 times.

As to the narration: Just awful! Stephen Floyd never changed his voice so it was like only men were in the novella. AND not one emotion showed. He read like a robot. He should never read a romance. Between the story and the narrator the whole experience was a nightmare. I mean, really, Harrison was shot in the head and should be dead and Kiara is sitting on his erection, yes erection, and he's talking in a normal voice, like there was nothing wrong with him. Again, Ugh!

  • Oklahoma Christmas Blues, Book 1 of the McIntyre Men Series

  • By: Maggie Shayne
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Darryl is on a quest for peace. His chance at fatherhood was taken from him long ago, and an IED in Iraq ensured he would never get another. In Big Falls, Oklahoma, the McIntyre brothers hire him to keep an eye on their beautiful cousin Sophie in case her criminal ex shows up. He doesn't expect to fall head over heels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book!

  • By Cyndi on 12-25-17

Good read and decent narration..

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18


This was a cute story, insta-love and all that because it was a novella. What I don’t get was why Skylar was thrown into it. He was never seen and never heard from so he was really a non-existent player in the story. I did find that to be a little silly. Darryl could just have been hired as a bouncer, without all the cloak-and-dagger of him being hired to protect Sophia from an ex-fiancé.

The love story was nice, anyway. I like Sophia and Darryl. And I liked that Santa part of it and all the wishes, dreams, wants, desires, whatever, that all came to pass.

The sex was fade-to-black and there was no swearing.

As to the narration: The first time I TRIED to listen to Traci Odom was for Jennifer Ashley’s first Shifters Unbound book, Pride Mates, but I didn’t get very far since she was so awful. This time she was a little better. She did TRY to make the men sound like men, to which she did an okay job. I would listen to her again, in her newest narrations, but I still wouldn’t go out of my way to look for her books.

  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,989
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,973

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent British Mystery

  • By Customer on 09-07-16

Almost great book and perfect narration..

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

3 1/2 *

Well, I’m not sure I like this book or I thought it was the most boring book I’ve ever read/listened to. BUT I did listen to it all and it was just nothing. The story was about a 17 year old boy that drowned and DC Smith and trainee Waters looked into it. Even the bad guys weren’t all that bad. There was never a fight, no gun battles, no nothing.

Also, the author gave you the impression that Smith was old and decrepit. Like he was too old to do anything but talk himself out of whatever. It looks like there are 7 other books about DC Smith but I won’t be reading them. This one was enough for me. No excitement whatsoever.

It was a boring book but for some reason I liked it. Or maybe it was the narrator Gildart Jackson that made the book so good.

There was absolutely no romance in this book and absolutely no swearing. It was definitely rated G.

As to the narration: He was awesome. I mean he whispered and yelled and sounded disgruntled and sounded playful, it was amazing. I will surely look for other narrations by him. (Does he need to practice his female voices? To be sure. But his emotions when he read more than made up for that. Besides, I can listen to a deep voiced woman but I can't listen to a man that sounds like a girl.)

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  • Dead & Buried

  • Calladine and Bayliss, Book 5
  • By: Helen H. Durrant
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Annie Naden and her husband buy a remote country cottage at auction. It’s the home of their own that they always wanted, but as they begin renovations, Annie discovers a satchel in a dusty old hidden cupboard. Inside are the usual schoolbooks, now over 40 years old, and a girl’s diary. Among the record of day-to-day crushes and pop concerts is a secret whose terrible consequences are still resonating to this day. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great read and listen..

  • By Trish R. on 12-04-18

Great read and listen..

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18



The 5th book of this twosome, and another good murder mystery, with Tom Calladine and Ruth Bayliss.

And for all of those who are interested Tom is a manwh*re. That’s the one thing I don’t like about him. In every story there’s a different woman. This time it was Shez who runs an escort service, who Tom met while she was spying on one of her girls who was doing her own business on the side.

Anyway, this was about 4 or 5 murders, presently and in the past and Tom was out to solve them, with the help of DCI King, Rocco, and Imogen.

At one point I was a little lost but the author brought it all together at the end.

There was no sex, only slightly mentioned, and the F-bomb was only used 2 times.

As to the narration: Jonathan Keeble does a fantastic job and all the voices and the emotions when he reads. He’s become one of my favorites.

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  • Preternatural Affairs, Books 1-3

  • Witch Hunt, Silver Bullet, and Hotter Than Helltown
  • By: SM Reine
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

My name's Cesar Hawke. I'm a witch working for a division of the government you've never heard about. The world's not what everyone thinks it is - unless you think that our world's a pawn in a game of chess between Heaven and Hell, and riddled with as much magic and wonder as it is with evil. In that case, the world is exactly what you think. My place of employment - the Office of Preternatural Affairs - takes a modern approach to an ages-old problem.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bad, "it was a dark and stormy night" bad

  • By Dianne on 12-07-14

Terrible book but great narration..

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18




So, I didn’t like the first book in this trilogy. Isobel kissed Cesar once but there was no thought of sex until Cesar was enthralled by a succubi, Gregor, then the author went on and on about Cesar’s c*ck and how hard it was for Gregor and while Gregor kept hitting Cesar he kept saying “more,” while not being able to do anything but concentrate on how much he wanted Gregor, and this was the second time. Really? Between the pustules on Cesar’s face then his uncontrollable desire to be with Gregor our “hero” really isn’t my kind of hero at all. Now, if there had been some sexual thought when Isobel kissed Cesar that would have been fine but we had to read all the sexual thoughts from Cesar about Gregor.

Plus, our hero is not a fighter and was always on the run from someone, but there was always someone there to save him. He just is not hero material as far as I’m concerned. He’s a witch but he doesn’t do any magic and sneezes every time he’s around magic.

So, no sex in book one and the F-bomb was used 193 times throughout the 3 stories, which I can no longer listen to. I started the second book in this 3 book boxed set, Silver Bullet, but it was as disgusting as the first one. No clue about Hotter Than Helltown. Too many succubus and demons to suit me and not enough magic.

I'm done. There is nothing great about Cesar and every time you turn around he's lusting after some woman, while Isobel or Suzi had to protect him from everything and everyone. He really was pathetic. No idea how these books got so many rave reviews.

As to the narrator: Jeffrey Kafer did a great job, considering what he had to work with.

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  • The Viscount's Christmas Temptation

  • Dukes of War, Book 1
  • By: Erica Ridley
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fete of the year because he hasn't time for silly soirees. He doesn't need time - he needs her!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely listen!

  • By Heather on 06-14-16

Loved the book and the narration..

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18



So, I swore I wasn’t going to read another Erica Ridley book since I felt tricked into reading The Captains Bluestocking Mistress, which I more than mentioned in my review. BUT, I broke down and bought this novella and I enjoyed immensely.

I adored both Benedict and Amelia. Him because he had a schedule for going out and being a rake and Amelia because there wasn’t a problem she couldn’t fix, including the Seventy-Fifth Annual Ball that had to have another venue because there was a fire at in the ballroom of Benedict’s home, where it was supposed to be held.

It was a fun trip to each venue Amelia took Benedict to.

There was no sex or swearing.

As to the narration: Actually, the real reason I bought this novella was because Stevie Zimmerman was narrating it and I love, love, love her. She does everything perfect: the voices and her emotions when she reads.

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