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On the Edge of Glory
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  • Magic and Murder Among the Dwarves

  • By: Erik Bundy
  • Narrated by: Carmen Beaubeaux
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Amanda's life is less than ordinary: She is a psychic, she is haunted nightly by her late husband, and she lives near an underground colony of dwarves. Despite dwarf males normally handling such tasks, the colony's females ask Amanda to find a lost baby for them...then hire her to tell them who strangled their midwife with a diaper and cut out her gossiping tongue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique mystery

  • By Miriam on 12-13-15

Clunky Writing for a First Person POV

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I tried dozens of times to get through this book. I finally reached 70% and had to give up. It’s been nearly a year.

It’s very slow with painful details. If it was written in third person, it could flow better. But as a first person POV, the main character is simply a mind reader fixated on interpretating and dissecting everything. I really really wanted to love this - or at least finish it.

  • The Ifs

  • Volume 1
  • By: Pembroke Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Peter J Taylor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Landon and Broden spend most of their days fighting, arguing, and plotting ways to get revenge on each other. Then, strange things start happening: noises in their room that are not from the cat; homework that is mysteriously finished; a broken shoelace that repairs all by itself; clothes that are put in the hamper on their own. The brothers want to share their weird experiences, but they don't know if they can trust each other. But when they find out who's behind all the strange things around the house, they are called to battle with the most unusual creatures and wildest of beasts. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brotherly Love

  • By Son of Odin on 07-11-18

Youthful and Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18



A Must-Have/Must-Read for libraries or classroom libraries for youngsters!
A beautifully well written and edited youthful fantasy adventure. The characters are fleshed out, tangible, and relatable!
It’s action packed with vivid imagination and realistic family dynamics. I haven’t found many family friendly books, but this tops my list and I wish it was written over a decade ago, so I could have enjoyed it with my sons!

Peter J Taylor was a fantastic narrator for this tale. I’m looking forward to finding more from this author and narrative or hope they team up again.

  • The Book of Relief: Passages and Exercises to Relieve Negative Emotion and Create More Ease in the Body

  • By: Emily Maroutian
  • Narrated by: Courtney Lucien
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

The Book of Relief contains soothing passages, empowering affirmations, and simple exercises that have been proven to aid your body in relieving stress and maintaining balance. The book works with your mind and body to help you release, rebalance, and realign yourself. It's designed to support your emotional and physiological functions to bring you relief. You can pick it up when you are stressed, upset, sad, or want to give up, and it will guide you into better feelings. The first part of the book offers an overview of the automatic nervous system, the brain-body conversation, and the vagus nerve, all of which play an important role in how you approach, manage, and release stress. The second part of the book contains over 170 passages and “I” statements designed to bring you immediate relief and set your mind at ease. This section will support you emotionally and mentally as you work on releasing tension from your body. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.75 Stars!

  • By Myztikal on 08-30-18

4.75 Stars!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

For the most part, I liked how this book was presented.
The human anatomy lesson and psychological background and explanations were delivered with an informative and entertaining flair.
The techniques are simple to recall and utilize!
Highly recommended! Instant or nearly immediate de-stressing is at your fingertips. Definitely worth a spot on your library shelf and the memory to keep it downloaded.
Narrator was wonderful. Her voice is soothing, hypnotic, and perfect for self development and meditation genres.

  • The Harrowed Half-Breed: A Tarnished Lands Story

  • Forgotten Woods Series, Book 1
  • By: P. A. Wikoff
  • Narrated by: Crystal Wikoff
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Magic has been slowly fading from the enchanted forest ever since the greedy humans invaded. The native folk were kind in sharing their homeland, but peace couldn't last forever. Conflict stirs while Barne, half human/half native, is stuck in the middle. Trapped between two worlds he must try and find himself before choosing a side. In a world where he never really belongs, Barne searches to find his smile using all means necessary. But there's a dark secret that holds his happiness hostage... In a world of swords and sorcery, darkness and despair, nothing comes without a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enter a strange world.

  • By cosmitron on 06-07-18

WOW

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

I normally don’t enjoy books about orphans who become heroes. Actually, I avoid them.
But this half breed was so full of life, conflict, and morals I listened to it three or four times, just to make sure I WOULD REALLY follow a possible series. And honestly, I would eagerly pre-order it!
Not exactly for younger readers due to short torture scenes, it’s okay for older elementary school aged children.
I’m not ready to give other orphans who are learning of their heritage a try, but I’m completely satisfied with this one!
This is my voluntary review of an audiobook received for free.

  • Out of Time

  • By: D.G. Laderoute
  • Narrated by: Damien Brunetto
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

For Riley Corbeau, moving to a small town on Superior's north shore was an opportunity for his family to find a new beginning after the death of his mother. For Gathering Cloud, living on Kitche Gumi's shore now meant it was time seek a vision and become a man. There on a beach of this legendary lake, two boys meet across time and impossibilities, brought together to face an ancient evil from Anishnabe folklore, and, in doing so, forge a friendship that defies time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Make Time for this Youthful Fantasy Adventure!

  • By Myztikal on 08-06-18

Make Time for this Youthful Fantasy Adventure!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Out of Time was a lengthy but enjoyable story. It toggles between Riley's modern world and problems and another world with creative characters and problems flawlessly. The turtle was a delightful character! He was an unexpected and charismatic static friend, whom I quickly adored.
This was my first book by this author and narrator and I'm impressed with both. I am compelled to seek more from either - and hopefully both. Wonderful example of blending and complementing project.
Highly recommended for family reading or for youth. I didn't notice any triggers or unsuitable topics, scenarios, or language. The mother's death is lightly touched, as is death in general.

  • Emily and the Shadow King

  • By: Clark Graham
  • Narrated by: Daniel Nicolai
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Fire and fear. Emily finds herself alone as she watches the evil men burn down her home. Her parents have been taken, and she has to escape from the enemy that is chasing her. In the struggle to find her family, she gets captured by dwarves, encounters monstrous-sounding beasts in the forest, and has to cross into hostile lands. Then, she must go against the Shadow King. Follow Emily's quest to reunite with her loved ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A breakthrough for my son

  • By Tatiana on 06-21-18

Emily, A Sweet Heroine

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

3.5 stars

I enjoyed listening to the talented Daniel Nicolai narrate this youthful adventure. As noted in another review, audio quality isn’t excellent, but it is above average.

This was a gentle adventure story most youth would enjoy. Vocabulary and pace was consistent for the implied age group.

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  • 6 Life Changing Energy Healing Methods

  • How to Release Emotional Stress, Pain, and Illness
  • By: John O'Dwyer
  • Narrated by: John O’Dwyer
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

How would you like to be able to heal yourself of day-to-day pain and emotional stress in your life when no one else can - not even your doctor? Your author has discovered six energy-healing methods that have helped him and numerous others to turn their health around by lessening or eliminating stress and trauma. He created this audiobook to explain those unique energy-healing methods in order to educate those who have been unable to improve their health using traditional Western medicine.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • "Trauma Causes Cancer ...."

  • By Myztikal on 07-15-18

"Trauma Causes Cancer ...."

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

I'm required to include this disclaimer: "I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review." Bearing NO influence on my rating and review is the author/narrator had communicated to my twice that if I did not leave a review, I would be reported to AudioBookBoom! and have my privileges revoked.

Under threat or not, this was a very difficult book to get through. It's dry and boring and doesn't really 'start' until chapter 6, as an FYI. Yup. It took me 4 months to get through 3 1/2 hours. Because I tried - tried -tried to find good information in this. It does not bring me pleasure to trash a book that was written and delivered with the intent to help others.

When I read the book description and listened to the sample, I thought - and hoped - this would be scientifically based and include facts; not just one or two personal experiences (his and his wife's). We can all admit there are times we want to know if there are simple steps we can take to feel or be better. We delve into new technology and knowledge to broaden our horizons and deepen our understandings of our bodies and thoughts.

THIS. IS. NOT. ON. THAT. SAME. PLANE. This should be listed under the genres of sci-fi or fiction.

We have all gone to doctors and heard their different advises and diagnoses. O'Dwyer starts this audiobook with a personal story about how ONE US doctor told him running was bad for his back .... Running is not ALWAYS bad for your back - many of us can vouch from personal experiences as well how some exercises and hobbies and can healthy and healing. If done in moderation and with proper warm up. Actually, before his US doctor told him running was bad for his bad, a doctor in Japan doctor told him running was okay for his back (sciatic nerve pains). It goes back to - how many times have different doctors prescribed different methods?

In reference to the headline, O'Dwyer just doesn't insinuate, he flat out says that stress leads to diseases, including cancer. Trauma triggers disease. Trauma is defined as "a deeply distressing or disturbing experience" or a "physical injury". Okay, so EVERYONE is susceptible to diseases because we are human, live and breathe, and are aware that the world is not perfect, some of our relatives, friends, and co-workers will die in our life time, most people will have relationships that do not work out, and some of our plans in life will not pan out.

"Life can be traumatic." Duh! Ok. Did someone tell him that life was fair and simple and full of roses?

"When we have trouble coping with life, bad things, such as cancer, can happen." Ok, so listen up all therapists, case managers, psychiatrists, and psychologists, person who you are treating who are distressed over life's events are more prone to cancer.

O'Dwyer's inability to maintain employment had prompted him to move to several different states. Wow. I think moving is stressful, within itself, so how much of this did he bring on himself?

O'Dwyer is not a doctor nor has he a medical background. I strongly suggest anyway seeking relief from pain or disease to seek help from an educated, board certified, medically licensed professional. I'm not sure if the writer is affiliated with a religious cult who feels that positive thoughts and prayer will heal what ails you. I've seen many news articles about young parents who are now serving time because they did not trust a doctor with their infants are were charged with neglect and murder, and wonder if this is in a concentric circle of this concept.

The only part I liked was about chakra energy, which I learned about when I was in middle school. I think the last half of Chapter 9 mentioned this.

That's my review, I'm sticking to it. And I'm returning this book.

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  • Adam Smith and the Tower of Justice

  • Tower of Justice Series
  • By: William Stafford
  • Narrated by: Michael Mola
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

A 15-year-old boy who calls himself Adam Smith is alone and poor, struggling to survive. Adam must work to eat and stay warm and clothed. During his difficult journey toward adulthood, he deceives his way back to school, makes friends and enemies, contemplates the mysterious world of relationships, and discovers a secret that might just save his life and the lives of many others in the dangerous city.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Feels Like School Lessons ... it’s all school lectures & lessons

  • By Myztikal on 06-30-18

Feels Like School Lessons ... it’s all school lectures & lessons

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

2.5

Too much telling and now showing.

The first chapter was the deepest part with the character development.
Chapter two laid the foundation for the world building.
From there, it was bland; the short chapters stifled any real commitment and failed to gather momentum.
I felt like I was in school, as it was 98% about his school classes and everything that was being taught.

Michael Mola was a good narrator. He strengthened to compensate for the storyline. Had I picked up the book (to read), I would have DNF.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks

  • By: Robert Gray
  • Narrated by: Anne Gill
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

She lives in a horrible old castle. Even her family is a bunch of horrible monsters. However, in the monster-inhabited world of Gravesville - a world where messages are sent through Ouija boards, jack-o'-lanterns get facials to suit their moods, and the worst thing Eve has to deal with are those annoying zombie tourists who overrun her favorite graveyard during the Halloween season-horrible means wonderful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Youngsters Could Enjoy this One

  • By Myztikal on 06-22-18

Youngsters Could Enjoy this One

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I'm not sure how I came across this. It's not good enough to keep, but not necessarily something I would recall details about down the road.

I think that part that I found most disjointed was the ambiguous meaning of 'horrible' and 'adorable' and adjectives of the like. It seemed to mean that opposite, being that monsters thought something sinister was desirable and vice versa. However, synonyms of those two most words (which were most commonly used) seemed to mean exactly as we thought. It could have added to the world building if different - similar sounding words - were created to decrease any confusions.

As far as the story goes, it's pretty cookie cutter classic that Eve, the human girl living with a monster family, would have a great quest bestowed upon her. The world building in the monster world for the first two chapters of the book was easily forgotten, though, which made me ponder why the details and mentioning of her friends and characters, if they never popped up again? Young readers and listeners are oft quick to ask about missing characters.

It appears to be a very well plotted book, but another editorial review could add much value and depth to this.

Anne Gill was pleasant enough to listen to and follow along.

It's a worthy listen, but not a must-have.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Darby O'Gill and the Good People

  • By: Herminie Templeton Kavanagh
  • Narrated by: Anne Hancock
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

If the name seems familiar, these tales about Darby O'Gill and his encounter with the fairies were adapted for a Disney movie, Darby O'Gill and the Little People. They tell the story of an Irishman whose cow is captured by the fairies - or "good people". In his determination to recover his property, Darby finds himself in the center of their home, the mountain Sleive-na-mon.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I don’t know ...

  • By Myztikal on 06-10-18

I don’t know ...

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I’ve enjoyed listening to Anne Hancock in other works. But the Irish accent just really didn’t do it for me ... and I tried dozens of times since I got this last year. At some point, one knows when to crank out the review and let it go.

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