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  • Toots and Poots in a World Full of Snoots

  • The Amazing True Story of One Boy's Gas-tly Abilities: Diary of a Kindergarten Grade Farting Ninja
  • By: Susan G. Charles
  • Narrated by: Ian Coo
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Warning: This children's book may instigate farts, flatulence, and lots of laughter too. And it's the perfect audiobook to grab the attention of reluctant readers. Listen on to find out more about a boy named "Toots", his adventures into the gas-tly arts, and the lessons he learned "in the end"! Your kids will love this kids' fart book - and they might learn something too! And it might even encourage reluctant readers to join in and listen as well!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book was a Gas!

  • By Son of Odin on 11-04-18

Funny Toots and Poops!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

My two sons are now grown adults. But boys being boys, they could relate to these various poots and names, I’m sure. I’m looking forward to sharing this with them!

This had an unexpected, surprising ending!

Thanks to the author who provided a copy of this audio without requesting any compensation nor reviews.

  • Dog Knows

  • Golden Retriever Mysteries, Book 9
  • By: Neil S. Plakcy
  • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

When semi-reformed computer hacker Steve Levitan learns that a girl who was kind to him in high school is accused of three murders, he and his clue-sniffing golden retriever Rochester are on the case. Can he and Rochester dig up the clues that might acquit Peggy, while avoiding the slippery slope of hacking that could cause him to lose everything he cares for? Trust Rochester to keep Steve on the straight and narrow, and bring the real killer to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Quick Addition to Rochester’s Mysteries

  • By Myztikal on 01-19-19

A Quick Addition to Rochester’s Mysteries

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I’ve listened to most of the Golden Retrievers Mysteries. And I still have a few left to listen.

But this was jumped to the top because it was shorter than the others. Being shorter did not take away from the sleuthing. It seems like a lot of the recapping from Steve’s life was shortened and I enjoyed that. But Steve mulled over Peggy’s problems a couple times too many.

I still love Rochester. I love the relationship growing between Steve and Lilly. Love scenes are fade to black and mild language, for emphasis not gratuitous or overused.

The books are so entertaining yet deep.
Strongly recommended for mystery lovers.

  • Making Accountable Decisions: A Journey to an Accountable Life

  • No More Excuses
  • By: Sam Silverstein
  • Narrated by: Rich Germaine
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

We struggle making decisions, and most times, we just wish someone would make them for us. What if that could all change, and you could master the decisions you face in your life? In Making Accountable Decisions, Sam Silverstein presents ways to approach our life's decisions and how we interact and affect others. He does this by focusing on the most substantial decisions in our lives, how they impact us, and what decisions we can make to add value and meaning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Send this Book to Trump

  • By cosmitron on 10-17-18

Being Accountable

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I’m really surprised this motivational/leadership speaker had so many small minded ideas. Several times, he was “surprised” at what inmates, homeless/persons with decorative bodies (tattoos namely) had to say or how they spoke with depth. A few times, he admitted s/he was not someone he would have spoken to.
Maybe if I wasn’t dumbfounded by his admissions of ignorance, I would have found more value in this book. As it is, I’ve grown up open minded and since college (when I left my small hometown ) I’ve embraced and befriended people, without regard to their superficial identifications.
I also felt the chapters didn’t flow. Some of the ‘basics’ or foundation was in the middle or latter part of the book.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

  • Idi & the Oracle's Quest

  • Born to Be, Book 1
  • By: Ms T N Traynor
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Idi, called to protect the future king of Talia, needs the guidance of Marcus, a sagacious magician, to defeat the sinister Norvora. Yet, his greatest challenge will be overcoming his entrenched belief that he's stupid. Held prisoners within a magical orb, the Sister Witches wait to be released. When the prophesied one is crowned King, he will have the power to set them free. At all costs, he must be found and turned away from the evil that is seeping into the world of Talia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book q

  • By JEYCEE on 06-23-18

An Unlikely Hero Unlike Others

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19


I wish this was all in ONE book instead of a ‘trilogy’!

I loved this (almost?) MG magnificent quest adventure! An early murder the reader is witnessed to and an almost off the pages teen tryst/pregnancy and crowning birth- are the only concerns for younger readers.

The characters were all loud and vivid. Very clearly defined.

The plots and sub themes slowly came together and was both subtle yet almost perceivable.

The fairies were incredible and shape shifters! I’m not a fan of most shape shifting fantasies but this worked. And I LIKED it.

The antagonist was easily someone you wanted to punch in the face. Very cut and dry evil. If he has a redeeming quality, we’ve yet to see it. And since it was admitted his followers ‘used women for one reason only’, its highly unlikely to hope we’ll ever empathize with him.

Our protagonist and his mentor are very Noblebright. I feel like we didn’t watch Idi grow; it was almost something that happened because we were told he changed.

With the flipping back and forth with our main and supporting characters, timing was lost and unexplained or skipped over.

For anyone accepting these minuscule flaws and is looking for a quick, incredible tale that will sweep you up and make you wish you had all three books to listen to in one day, I’d strongly recommend this.

Steve White is a very talented voice actor. The over dozen characters had distinguishing voices and emotions. He was very easy to listen to and brought this audiobook to life. It was more than I expected.

  • The Vanguards of Terra

  • By: William Roberts
  • Narrated by: Joan Dukore
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Mason and Sam were ordinary people, living their lives day to day. Mason worked for roadside construction, and Sam went to college full-time. Their paths had no chance of crossing. The world they knew would change the day Mason, after working late, became empowered by an unknown source of cosmic energy. Mason wants to use his powers for good, and Sam, now possessing her very own destructive powers, must put her life on hold. Neither of them are aware of the supernatural beings that seek to use them to reclaim their former power.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Sci Fi with a dash of Super Heroes

  • By Myztikal on 01-16-19

Good Sci Fi with a dash of Super Heroes

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

Joan Dukore did a fabulous job narrating this book. She had a good narrative voice as well as the ability to give each character their distinctive voices.

The author obviously hadn’t planned or read it aloud, as statements were “ABC said” throughout for conversations, which really grated on the ears after the 100th time.

Sam, Mason, and the supernatural beings threaded individually well, but it took a very long time before they interacted for it to become a more flowing story. It could be slightly confusing because it was rather slow paced. A few other characters had their own chapters and it took a while to recall if/when we met them before.

Maybe this is better as a book than audio for following.

  • Blue John's Cavern

  • Time Travel Rocks!
  • By: Tracy Barnhart
  • Narrated by: Caroline Turner Cole
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Traveling through caves, jumping through time. Nothing interesting ever happens in Diamond Falls, West Virginia, and that's doubly true for local teenagers Emma and Brody. Little do they know that their neighbor, a famous geologist, is about to show them the wildest time of their lives.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the Prequel!

  • By Myztikal on 01-15-19

Better than the Prequel!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this more than the prequel - so I’m glad I picked it up! (I usually avoid prequels anyway.)

I liked the introduction of the characters and their friendship growing during their adventures.

It’s a great kids’ book with reasonable depth and high entertainment.

  • A Cold Wind

  • Erdemen Honor, Volume 2
  • By: C. J. Brightley
  • Narrated by: Timothy Grader II
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

When retired Erdemen army officer Kemen Sendoa helped the young Prince Hakan Ithel reclaim his throne, he thought he was happy. He had shaped the future of his beloved country and earned a place of honor and respect. In the shelter of the palace, he finds peace and the promise of a life he’d only imagined. Yet his own choices and brewing border troubles may force him to make a final sacrifice.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Cold Wind Warms your Heart

  • By Myztikal on 01-15-19

A Cold Wind Warms your Heart

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

4.5
I loved the first book. The sequel was equally deep and charming, however I noticed the present/past tense mixed in singular sentences more and really could do without it. It pulled from the story or foretold of a foreboding that would be best developing on its own.

My other irk was a few consistencies. Like how could volunteer fighters get docked a week’s pay? In one chapter, Kemen narrates he preferred setting up his own tent (but couldn’t because of an injury) then later, gloats having others do it was a perk because of his rank.

Overall, I love our new king. I love Kemen. His new love interest had a slow burn and the relationship is completely based on getting to know someone. My heart ached that the prologue did not include their wedding.

Full of love, loyalty, and the discomfort when either are out of reach or misunderstood.

I REALLY hope the third book is released soon. I want to see more of how Kemen completes his healing and mentors another upcoming king.

This narrator is phenomenal. I was captivated each night as I listened to his read A Cold Wind - and I only caught any of my frustrations as I mulled over it during the day, eager to listen again!

  • The Lord of Dreams

  • By: C. J. Brightley
  • Narrated by: Corinne Shor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

When a fairy king grants a human wish, there's more at stake than dreams. Claire Delaney has a good life, despite her adolescent angst. But she wants more. In a moment of frustration, she wishes to be "the hero." What she actually wants is to be the center of attention, but what she gets is a terrifying Fae king demanding that she rescue an imprisoned fairy, facing fantastical dangers and hardships she could not have imagined. Yet the dreams - and the rescue - are only the beginning of her journey. She is at the center of the king's audacious gamble to end the war that has raged in Faerie for half a century.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn’t meet my expectations

  • By Myztikal on 01-15-19

Didn’t meet my expectations

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19


I really found the fae king and Claire to be equally frustrating characters, which is disappointing because the Erdrmen Honor trilogy have lively, insightful, developed characters.
Within the same breath, Claire can be bratty, standoffish, caring or infatuated with the fae king. I’m not looking for a strong heroine in every book, but I do want someone who grows or develops or at least realistic.

The time skips and place/reality hopping were also nerve wracking and confusing.

I love the author and this cover had me intrigued. However, I’m avoiding future elven fantasies and will only listen to her longer novels, which don’t disappoint to this depth.

The narrator was exceptional.

  • Tainted Waters: A Dark Paranormal Fantasy Novel

  • Paranormal Peacekeepers, Book 1
  • By: Lucretia Stanhope
  • Narrated by: Joan Dukore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Alice is alone and desperate to fit in at her aunt's coven when she embarks on a dubious quest for cave nettle. Decker is a leader running out of time. Isolated from the main cave system due to a hex making the water in his cave toxic, even the war his clan demands won't save them. The two must put aside centuries-old survival instincts and work together to save lives and preserve the fragile treaty between the coven and clan. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 07-23-18

The Story is More Tainted than the Waters

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

I was given this audiobook but the review is voluntary.

The cover and the description were captivating and I quickly requested to listen and review!

I suppose if you want an easy-to-read and ‘in for the ride’ non thinking book, this may be a book for you.
However, I never felt like I gave a flip about the dark elves’ tainted water nor the plight of the Alice, whose background is the typical mysterious, poor-me-I-don’t-fit in but now the witches wanna kill me because I betrayed them.
She comes across as TSTL who only has a sharp tongue when it suits the flavor of the moment but is more often an insipid dull flat character.

Decker had a creepy voice. Maybe it was supposed to be like that. But for what he does to her (to save himself), it was written so flippantly and she accepted it. Like. WHAT did I miss?

Jasper, the elven mage or whatever, knows WAY too much about witch magic. The reasons he gives is far fetched.

I love fantasy, but I’m really starting to wonder where I can find a good book. This is not the first elven book I’ve picked up in which I’m left with such a deep disappointment.

Is it too much to ask for real characters who have a distinct personality but grows? These characters are wishy washy and act like elementary kids .....



  • Toaff's Way

  • By: Cynthia Voigt
  • Narrated by: Ariadne Meyers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 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

Toaff is a small squirrel full of big questions. Why must I stay away from the human's house? Why shouldn't I go beyond the pine trees? Why do we fight with the red squirrels across the drive? His sister shrugs - that's just the way things are. His brother bullies - because I said so. And the older squirrels scold - too many questions! Can Toaff really be the only one to wonder why? When a winter storm separates him from his family, Toaff must make his own way in the world. It's a world filled with danger - from foxes and hawks and cats to cars and chainsaws.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Squirrels Squirrels and ... Chainsaws?

  • By Myztikal on 12-04-18

Squirrels Squirrels and ... Chainsaws?

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

• audiobook • 3.75

My youngest granddaughter loves squirrels. It was one of her first words because when I visited her, we would go outside to find the ‘quirrel’.

I mostly enjoyed the adventures, just not te world building and explanations. It was a bit to tedious and mundane for the young- and the older.

Oh, the chainsaw is just the humans maintaining their land; no animals are sacrificed or murdered.

Toaff & Company were a delightful lot.