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  • Of Ash and Spirit: A Curse Keepers Novel

  • Of Ash and Spirit, Book 1
  • By: D.G. Swank, Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Piper Lancaster is a ghost whisperer and a skeptic. Piper helps her clients settle their inner demons, and that's good enough for her, even if ghosts aren't real. But the astonishing reappearance of the ruins of the Lost Colony of Roanoke turns her world upside down. She's soon confronted with undeniable evidence and discovers Asheville's new resident demon intent on killing her and a handsome stranger who says she's the only one who can destroy it. Barely able to accept the complete reversal in her convictions, Piper must embrace her true identity before it's too late. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just ok ...

  • By BikeVON on 05-16-18

Love it!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

There is no mistaking that you're still in the Curse Keeper world in this spin off series. It is astounding how Denise can weave a story to make you love the main character, Piper Lancaster.
As I mentioned above, this series is a spin off series of The Curse Keepers (TCK). One does not need to read TCK series, but if you like to know what happened prior to meeting Piper I would suggest reading it. It’s the best of both worlds.
I highly recommend reading this book!! I absolutely
L❤️VE it!!
It is my understanding that Ellie, Collin, & David will meet Piper in the second book, Of Fire and Stone!! Can’t wait!!
If urban fantasy is your jam, look no further!! This book has your name written all over it.

  • The Boat Man

  • A Thriller
  • By: Dustin Stevens
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Detective Reed Mattox, just three months removed from the death of his partner, has turned invisibility into an art form. Switching to the K-9, taking over the graveyard shift, moving to a farmhouse miles outside of Columbus - his every move has become predicated on putting as much distance between himself and the outside world as possible. That distance is shattered, though, when bodies begin turning up in The Bottoms, the poverty-stricken section of town he is assigned to patrol.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Macabre Mythological Mystery

  • By Anonymous on 05-20-16

Great start!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Well written book. I was able to picture everything in the book as the author described. Every last breath, every attack. A riveting mystery to the very end. I absolutely fell in love with the canine partner, Billie. A must read.

  • Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Frances Fuller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,178

For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm trying to get past the narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-16

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

I was hooked from the very beginning of the book. Nothing catches my attention then seeing yourself dead!
I had to read the book to see what happens!
I found myself thoroughly enthralled in this novel. Found myself falling in love with Rose, Muffy, and Joe. My heart ached to discover what poor Rose had suffered and what she never was able to discover when she was little.
Seeing how timid Rose was at the beginning and seeing how she is slowly evolving to become something else is wonderful. Cannot wait to read the rest of the novels.

  • Reckoning

  • Arotas Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Amy Miles
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Roseline is left with questions that refuse answers and only the memory of a man she vows to hunt and kill. But to do so, she must call a truce with her sworn enemy. Together Roseline and Nicolae track Fane to the underbelly of London in search of Gabriel's kidnappers. Yet when Malachi - an Immortal with mystifying origin - presents himself as their guide, Roseline discovers she is not the only one looking for Gabriel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome I absolutely love this series 🤗😌😹🎧⚰️📚

  • By Tamara on 10-08-17

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

This series has just keeps getting better and better! Such a fast pace read, with lots of action and guessing on who to trust and not to. Wow!!
Big twist at the end! Can’t wait for more.
The narrator in the audiblebook is fantastic and I recommend it as well.

  • One Last Day

  • By: Dustin Stevens
  • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The gathering was supposed to have been a perfunctory media exercise on retiring Senator Jackson Ridge's last day in office. When a grieving mother slips in and poses that simple question, though, everything from Ridge's own legacy to American interests in Afghanistan all get called into question. Racing against a ticking clock and powerful figures that would prefer to keep things happening across the globe a secret, Ridge must call on every last favor he has accumulated over the course of his time in office in search of answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced thriller mystery book!

  • By Laura on 01-25-19

Fast paced thriller mystery book!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

One last day

New to me author and I mainly listened to it on audible and it was a fantastic fast paced read for me. I know your not supposed to judge a book by its cover or even the blurb but I was taken aback from this story. It’s not too focused on politics like I thought it would be and I really enjoyed this book. The author does such a fantastic job of describing locations vividly that I feel like I’m looking at a picture or standing there. Page turner till the last pages.
The narrator was fantastic as well. Riveting and enthralling!

  • Forbidden

  • Arotas Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Amy Miles
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

Roseline Enescue didn't ask to become an immortal, to have all of the guests at her wedding slaughtered, or to be forced into marriage with a man whose lust for blood would one day ignite the vampire legend. Willing to risk everything for a chance at a normal life, Roseline escapes to America. But her transition into the human world isn't easy. Mortal men flock after her while cutthroat girls plot her demise. Yet she remains relatively unfazed until she meets Gabriel Marston.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-04-18

Great start!!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

New to me author and I decided to give this series a try. I absolutely love it so far!
This book is YA Paranormal and at times I want to yell at Rose & Gabriel for being immature but what good book doesn’t make you want to yell at the characters!
I love how clean this series was and I definitely come to love several of the characters in this series. Fast paced and moving along to book #2. //audible listen//I truly enjoyed the narrator as well. She brought the story to a whole another level.

  • A Merciful Fate

  • Mercy Kilpatrick, Book 5
  • By: Kendra Elliot
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

Raised by preppers, survivalist and FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick has a deep-rooted need for a safe place. Her getaway in the Cascade Foothills is her secret. But when skeletal remains are unearthed - those of a murdered man linked to a notorious heist - Mercy realizes she isn’t the only one with something to hide. For Mercy and her fiancé, Police Chief Truman Daly, their investigation opens old wounds in Eagle’s Nest that cut deeper than they imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars and FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

  • By shelley on 01-17-19

What a rollercoaster!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

What a ride Kendra took me on!!
The narrator did a fabulous job in keeping my interest and narrating the the story. Absolutely fantastic! Can’t wait for the next installment in this series!

  • Hook, Line and Blinker

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996

Behind the wheel of her hopped-up Blazer, she's the queen of the back roads. But when someone tries to kill Hot Rod and steals only black SUVs from his shop, Fortune worries that excessive horsepower is the least of the trouble that comes along with her friend's new ride. When it becomes clear that the car thieves didn't get what they were looking for the first time around and Ida Belle's vehicle becomes their next target, Fortune and Gertie are determined to protect their friend. Ida Belle is determined to protect the Blazer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie. And Carter LeBlanc

  • By Wayne on 03-12-18

Hilarious!!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

I absolutely love this series. This may be my favorite book so far. It had me laughing throughout the series. Just what I needed! If your hesitant to start this series don’t! It’s a must read or listen. Narrator does a fabulous job.

  • Lowcountry Boil

  • A Liz Talbot Mystery
  • By: Susan M. Boyer
  • Narrated by: Loretta Rawlins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032

Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. But when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Smarter than your ordinary cozy mystery.

  • By Ian on 08-13-15

Great audible book.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

I loved Liz’s story. I loved how she wasn’t a bimbo and didn’t crawl into men’s arms. I also enjoyed how it had a good variation of comedy, suspense, and a little dash of romance in the book. I really enjoyed the narration of the story. The narrator did a fabulous job. I’m looking forward to reading book #2.

  • Alone

  • A Bone Secrets Novel, Book 4
  • By: Kendra Elliot
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977

One rainy night in the woods outside of Portland, Dr. Victoria Peres is called to the site of a strange and haunting crime scene. Six beautiful young girls — all in white dresses and arranged in a perfect circle — have been left for dead. Only one girl, fighting for her life at a nearby hospital, has survived the carnage. Stranger still, the crime is an exact replica of a decades-old cold case. Things only get more complicated when Medical Examiner Seth Rutledge, Victoria’s first love, arrives on the scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kendra Elliot Keeps Delivering

  • By MotherDragon on 03-15-15

4 stars

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

This is the fourth book in this series and this time it focused on the bone lady aka, Dr. Perez.
IShe’s not one of my favorite characters but I did find her story interesting. I just didn’t feel the intense out of seat while reading this book. But it did keep me entertained and again the narrator did a fabulous job.