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Trish R.

JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
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  • Gods and Ends

  • By: Devon Monk
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Police Chief Delaney Reed thinks she knows all of Ordinary, Oregon’s secrets. Gods on vacation, lovelorn ghosts, friendly neighborhood monsters? Check. But some secrets run deeper than even she knows. To take down an ancient vampire hell-bent on revenge, she will have to make the hardest decision of her life: give up the book of dark magic that can destroy them all, or surrender her mortal soul. As she weighs her options, Delaney discovers she can no longer tell the difference between allies keeping secrets and enemies telling the truth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story was pretty bad but the narration was great..

  • By Trish R. on 06-18-19

Story was pretty bad but the narration was great..

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

Reviewed: 06-18-19


Okay, I didn’t like this book at all. It was very repetitive, and Delaney had no problem at trading her soul to a demon NOR did she have a problem asking her friends to kill her in order to trap and kill Lavius, and then hope someone would bring her back, hopefully. It was totally ridiculous. I won’t be moving on to the next book. The only thing good about this was the funny conversations that went on.

No sex and the F-bomb was used 2 times.

As to the narration: Khristine Hvam did a fantastic job narrating these books. She got better with each one. Her voices were just awesome, and her emotions were perfect.

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  • Death and Relaxation

  • By: Devon Monk
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

With the famous rhubarb festival right around the corner, small-town tensions, tempers, and godly tantrums are at an all-time high. The last thing Delaney needs is her ex-boyfriend reappearing just when she's finally caught the attention of Ryder Bailey, the one man she should never love. No, scratch that. The actual last thing she needs is a dead body washing ashore, especially since the dead body is a god. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • heartfelt!

  • By Gail E. Sullivan-bertran on 02-26-19

Pretty good read..

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

Reviewed: 06-16-19

Hmmm! I’m going to give this 3 stars because I neither liked nor disliked it. I liked the 3 sisters, Delaney, Jean and Myra. And it was certainly a different kind of story: Gods who went on vacation to Ordinary, Oregon but while they were there they had to give up their powers and become everyday working mortals. They can be killed and one of them, Heimdall, did just that. So, Delaney had to find the murderer AND find a mortal who was willing to take the place of that God and all his powers.

There was a lot of dialogue in this and several times I found myself laughing out loud. The conversations between the sisters were pretty funny sometimes. I will be reading the second book to see what happens in Ordinary.

There was a LOT of sexual thoughts on Delaney’s part but when it was time to do the dirty it was fade-to-black, and that really surprised me.

So, a lot of lust and not an ounce of sex and the F-bomb was used 1 time.

As to the narration: Khristine Hvam did a great job on the narration. On the voices and the emotions when she read.

  • Devils and Details

  • By: Devon Monk
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Police Chief Delaney Reed is good at keeping secrets for the beach town of Ordinary, Oregon - just ask the vacationing gods or supernatural creatures who live there. But with the first annual Cake and Skate fundraiser coming up, the only secret Delaney really wants to know is how to stop the unseasonable rain storms. When all the god powers are stolen, a vampire is murdered, and her childhood crush turns out to be keeping deadly secrets of his own, rainy days are the least of her worries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator

  • By Playtoy on 08-12-18

Better than the first book. IMO..

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

Reviewed: 06-15-19



I liked this better than Death and Relaxation. This one was about all the Gods’ power being stolen and the hunt for them. And the murder of one of the vampires, the attempted murder of another and the kidnapping of another. AND Delaney and Ryder DO end up together this time.

But, this one if left as somewhat of a cliffhanger. So, unanswered questions that were very important. So, I’ll read the next one, but I won’t read this author again. I dislike reading a book where things are left open and if you want to know what happens you MUST read the next book.

Again, a lot of thoughts of lust on Delaney’s part but no sex and the F-bomb was used 2 times.

As to the narration: Once again, Khristine Hvam does a wonderful job on the voices and reads with great feeling.

  • A Taste of Murder

  • Bunburry - A Cosy Mystery Series 3
  • By: Helena Marchmont
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

In "A Taste of Murder," the third Bunburry book, a local beef farmer is found dead and Betty Thorndike, vegetarian and Bunburry's only Green Party member, is in the frame. Despite what everyone thinks, Betty is absolutely not Alfie McAlister's girlfriend. But Alfie knows what it's like to be wrongly accused, and enlists the help of his fellow amateur detectives, Liz and Marge, to find out who's responsible. There's just one problem about a farm-based investigation - Alfie's scared of cows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too short! Want more!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-22-19

Okay read, okay narration..

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19



Good grief, this was as silly as the last one. Alfie was scared to drive in A Murderous Ride and in this one he’s scared to death of cows. He’s afraid he’s going to be eaten by a herd of them, because of something that happened when he was 12 years old. Really? At 42 he doesn’t know that cows AREN’T carnivores?

I’m done with Bunburry. I’ll head back to the Cherringham cozies.

No romance and no swearing.

Anyway, in this one Alfie was looking into a murder of a farmer, with the help of Marge, Liz, Betty and Emma.

As to the narration: Nathaniel Parker is a fabulous narrator. I’d never listened to him until these 3 Bunburry novellas but I will definitely look and see what else he has. His emotions and male voices are so good I don’t even mind that the women’s voice sound a little deep. Better the women sound deep than a man sounding girly.

  • A Murderous Ride

  • Bunburry - A Cosy Mystery Series 2
  • By: Helena Marchmont
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521

In "A Murderous Ride," the second Bunburry book, Alfie discovers that he has not only inherited a cottage from his late Aunt Augusta but also a 1950s Jaguar. He is dismayed: for reasons of his own, he no longer drives. Aunt Augusta's best friends, Liz and Marge, persuade him to get behind the wheel again - but that's just the start of his troubles. Alfie discovers it's a seriously bad idea to get on the wrong side of the local police sergeant. Especially when he finds himself at a murder scene and the sergeant decides Alfie's the murderer. There's only one thing to be done.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not my taste at all

  • By Kryptography on 03-13-19

This was kinda ho-hum..

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

Reviewed: 06-12-19



This wasn’t as good as the first Bunburry cozy. It was a murder mystery, but Alfie’s fear of driving was just too much. His wife died in a car wreck so suddenly his fear is unbelievably ridiculous. Then when he was forced to drive he was ticketed for driving too slow he was so afraid. His fear was brought up waaay too much.

Anyway, the murderer was found out and took off in a car and Alfie was forced to go after him and THAT got him over his fear. This one was rather silly.

No romance and no swearing.

As to the narration: Sometimes Nathaniel Parker’s female voices are fine and then they’re not. But he reads with such good emotions I can overlook that.

  • Murder at the Mousetrap

  • Bunburry - A Cosy Mystery Series 1
  • By: Helena Marchmont
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 984

Alfie McAlister has retreated from London to the peace and quiet of the country to recover from a personal tragedy. But an accidental death - which may have been no accident - reveals that the heart of England is far from the tranquil backwater he imagined. After arriving in Bunburry, he is co-opted as an amateur detective by Liz and Marge, two elderly ladies who were best friends with Alfie's late Aunt Augusta. And it is not long before their investigations take an even more dramatic turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I gave it a go!

  • By Ann Pettyjohn on 03-21-19

Great little cozy..

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

Reviewed: 06-12-19



This was a cute little story, not as good as the Cherringham cozies, about a theater director who was found hanging from a cloth advertisement of the play that was being put on. The town couldn’t figure out if it were an accident, suicide or murder so Alfie, Marge and Liz took it upon themselves to solve the question.

No romance and no swearing. Rated G.

As to the narration: Nathaniel Parker was great. His female voices need a little help but he reads with wonderful emotions.

  • American Witch

  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

For months, Molly Sullivan endures the inexplicable: electrical surges, car breakdowns, visions. She even wonders if she might be the cause...and wonders if she might be crazy. Then she discovers her husband has cheated on her. Again. Now Molly realizes she is a newly awakening witch and a woman pushed over the edge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed it buuuut...

  • By mat on 05-30-19

Really good read and great narration..

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19


Thea Harrison is a hit-or-miss with me, plus her books are stupidly priced it’s ridiculous. Old books from 2011 are still $8.00 and $9.00 and the ones she self-publishes, like this new one, are $6.00. It’s so crazy.

BUT this one was really good. I was concerned I wasn’t going to like Molly. She went from a spineless doormat with Austin, her husband, to a rude, hateful biotch in just a Nano-second, then became agreeable again. I don’t like heroines like that. However, I liked everything about Josiah. He was a witch/sorcerer and also the DA. He witnessed Molly do something he thought was extraordinary, at a dinner party, and felt Molly’s tremendous power. Power she didn’t know she had.

Molly, on the other hand, was so pissed off at her husband she went a little cray-cray, and finally got a little backbone, and left Austin and the party, but not before emptying out their private safe. Which was where the story became interesting and deadly. Josiah was searching for a 1000-year-old witch in order to kill him, out of revenge. Unfortunately, that witch got away so I’m assuming this is the beginning of a series.

The only thing I didn’t like was how much sex was in the book. Three or 4 sex scenes, then a BJ before she left to go to the Bay Area to hide. I thought that was pretty unnecessary. But that’s just my opinion.

So, lots of sex and the F-bomb was used 56 times.

As to the narration: Sophie Eastlake is one of my very favorite female narrators. She reads with emotion and she CAN do a male voice, which is more than a lot of female narrators can do.

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  • Boundary Lines

  • Boundary Magic, Book 2
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254

Fitting into the Old World isn't going very well for Boulder boundary witch Allison "Lex" Luther: she may have earned a place in a vampire's service, but now it seems as if every supernatural creature in town has found a reason to hate her. And when Lex and her partner are assigned to investigate the suspicious disappearance of two vampires during the night of the full moon, they find themselves with more questions than answers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Better!!!

  • By Mario on 10-29-15

Better than the first book. Great narration..

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

Reviewed: 06-08-19



This was much better than the first book. BUT they’re still written in the first person which is such a waste when you have so many interesting characters but don’t have a clue what’s going with them, ever.

This was about magic going wonky and werewolves, vampires and witches doing bloody things, and no one knew why. As it turns out someone was doing magical things to the “ley lines” in Boulder and Lex had to figure out who it was, and kill a gigantic sand-worm, the Unktehila, who was eating people, before Maven started killing people she thought was guilty of turning on her.

Fade-black-sex and the F-bomb was used 18 times.

As to the narration: 99% of the reason I decided to finish this series is because (1) they are all free read-free listen and (2) because Kate Rudd narrates them. Love, love, love Kate Rudd.

  • Last Chance

  • By: Chuck Barrett
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Gregg Kaplan's partner has vanished without a word. He is inexplicably kept in the dark by his employer, the CIA, and ordered to stand down or face the consequences. Refusing to follow orders, Kaplan strikes out on his own in search of Isabella Hunt, the woman with whom he is in love. Following a tip that led him across the country to a small town in Wyoming, he finds himself in trouble once again when two of the town's bullies assault a young Native American woman. This time it lands him behind bars. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story by a master storyteller!

  • By Wayne on 10-31-18

Great read and okay narration..

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19


The town of Last Chance, Wyoming was a small town with a woman sheriff named Christine Cavalier who went to war with Drew Pearson and his 4 sons, Stevie, Mark, Scott and Evan. With the help of Gregg Kaplan, an ex-CIA operative and Pete Moss, a Senior Inspector of the US Marshal Services, Jesse, the Deputy and Lucy Raintree, an eighteen-year-old homeless Indian girl. And what a war it was. And the worst of the bunch was Stevie! What a whacko!

This was entertaining from beginning to the end. And the ending was kinda sad. However, I do look forward to reading more about Kaplan.

No sex and the F-bomb was only used 5 times.

As to the narration: Marc Vietor is still just okay for me. His females are a teeny-bit better but he still reads without emotion.

  • Shot of Tequila

  • A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery
  • By: J. A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

A GUTSY ROBBERY. Several million bucks, stolen from the mob... A PERFECT FRAME. All caught on video, with no chance of redemption... A RED HOT RECIPE FOR RAMPAGING REVENGE. Now one man must face the entire Chicago Outfit, a group of hardened Mafia enforcers, a psychotic bookie, the most dangerous hitman on earth, and Detective Jacqueline Daniels... His name is Tequila. And he likes those odds.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More gore, less Jack, no Dick Hill.

  • By 4everBOOKS on 05-28-13

The right amount of killing and NO Dick Hill. YAY

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

Reviewed: 06-06-19

I've never listened to a Jack Daniels book and I only listened to this one because it wasn't Dick Hill narrating, giving the MC an old sounding voice. I've tried a couple of DH's narrations but I couldn't stand how he sounded. Sorry, Dick Hill fans.


I expected Detective Jack Daniels to be in the book a lot more than she was. She was in it quite a bit after about ¾ of the way through the book but up until that it was all about Tequila. About his work with the mob as a killer. And about how he took such good care of his sister who suffered from Downs Syndrome.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There were a few laugh out loud moments. Jack Daniels was alright, but I really like Tequila. He was just a really well written character. All the mobsters that Tequila worked for and with, Slake, Marty the Maniac, Matisse, Terco and Leman were all taken care of in the end.

Nothing sexual and the F-bomb was used 22 times.

As to the narration: Again, Luke Daniels does an amazing job, especially for as old as this book is. His voices and emotions are simply amazing.