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  • Time and Regret

  • By: M. K. Tod
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith, Scott Merriman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 214

When Grace Hansen finds a box belonging to her beloved grandfather, she has no idea it holds the key to his past - and to long-buried family secrets. In the box are his World War I diaries and a cryptic note addressed to her. Determined to solve her grandfather's puzzle, Grace follows his diary entries across towns and battle sites in northern France, where she becomes increasingly drawn to a charming French man - and suddenly aware that someone is following her....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent 4 Star Listen

  • By Lia on 10-16-17

Time and Regret

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

I have both the ebook and the audio, but I mostly listened to the Audible version of this book. The narrators, Emily Sutton-Smith and Scott Merriman, are excellent.

This book has most of the elements I like in a book - historical fiction, mystery, and just a tad of romance. It alternates between 2 time periods, WWI (1914-1918) and present day (1991) and is told in 2 points of view, Grace in the present day and Grace's grandfather, Martin, during WWI, plus Martin's journals. It did get confusing at times when the story would switch from Martin's journals where he is speaking in first person and then the story switches to third person, but that may be because I was listening to the audio. It was an interesting way of telling the story though.

I liked the way Grace was able to solve the "mystery" using the clues in her grandfather's journals, but it did seem to take her a long time to figure it out.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Ashes of Life

  • By: Erica Lucke Dean, Laura M. Kolar
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Married for just three months, Alex Barrett is stunned when her husband, David, dies in a tragic accident. And the absolute last thing the pregnant young widow wants is to take on responsibility for his teenage daughter, Maddie. Reeling from loss, Alex struggles to deal with her grief and her troubled stepdaughter, but one question haunts her: why was David with his ex-wife when he died?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life Carries On - Stories of Love

  • By B. Z. on 02-29-16

Wonderful narration

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

Reviewed: 05-30-16

When I got requested this audiobook from Audiobookblast, it was listed as "Literary Fiction" and the description sounded like something I would like (and I did like most of it), but there was just too much romance for my taste (I'm not a fan of romance novels).

The narrator, Laurel Schroeder, was excellent and this is what kept me going with this book.

I wish to thank the authors, the narrator, and Audiobookblast for the opportunity to listen and review this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Almshouse

  • The Spirit World Series Book 1
  • By: Blanche King
  • Narrated by: Vicky Ring
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Come travel into the 1930s and through the doors of St. Margaret's School for Girls. The place used to be an almshouse, until its previous occupants burned to death 13 years before. The townsfolk are at a loss as to what started the fire. Some said it was an act of the devil. Some said it was a resident who had too much to drink. The building, miraculously, survived.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A ghostly mystery that pulls at your heart strings

  • By Rabid Reader on 03-06-16

Wonderful ghost/mystery story!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

I really enjoyed this unique story. It's a mystery story as told by a 12-year-old ghost, but it's also so much more. The narrator, Vicky Ring, did a good job narrating. I look forward to more in this series.

I wish to thank the author and narrator and Audiobookblast for the opportunity to listen to this wonderful story.

  • Miller's Island

  • By: Leona Bryant
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Hurt feelings severed the relationship between Mari and her sister following the tragic deaths of their parents. A single mom, Mari has dedicated her life to her daughter and avoided her sister since the reading of her parents' will. In desperate need of rest and relaxation, Mari decides to use the beach house she inherited for the first time since her parents' deaths, which is located on the island Mari loved so much that she named her daughter after it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • UNIQUE!!

  • By Brandy Blackerby on 02-14-16

Wonderful story!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

This is the first book by Leona Bryant that I have listened to and I enjoyed it so much that it was hard to put down at night to go to bed. The first thing I did in the morning was put the ear plugs back in my ears to listen to more of the story and continued until I finished it. The narrator, Meghan Kelly, was very good and the voices she used for the different characters made it easy to tell who was talking. The only thing that bothered me about the narration was the volume in some places was extremely loud (like when Theresa was having one of her tantrums) and I was constantly adjusting the volume control.

I received a copy of this audiobook from the author/narrator via Audiobookblast for an honest review.

  • The Great Symmetry

  • By: James R Wells
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Lucas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

Exoarchaeologist Evan McElroy has made a discovery about a long-extinct alien race. But his sponsors realize they can make huge gains if the new findings are kept completely secret. Step one of their plan is to kill the entire research team - starting with Evan. As Evan flees for his life, his trajectory awakens a long-buried struggle. The Infoterrorists, who believe all ideas are screaming to be free, have waited years for the right moment to take on the seven great families that control all of civilization.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The equivalent of an enjoyable scifi popcorn flick

  • By Kendra on 01-27-16

Classic sci-fi adventure story

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

I really enjoyed this classic sci-fi story. It's got everything to love - great characters, strong female characters, humor, adventure, archeological artifacts, and enough world-building to let you know about this universe without being boring. The narrator, Mitchell Lucas was very good.

I received a copy of this audiobook from the author/narrator via Audiobookblast for an honest review.

  • City of Ghosts

  • A Mystery in Vienna - Book One
  • By: Shawn Kobb
  • Narrated by: Will M Watt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Vienna. A city of history and culture, where Mozart, Freud, and Beethoven once walked the streets. For American university student Jake Meyer, it is a chance to recover from a family tragedy he left behind. Surrounded by the baroque palaces and charming squares of the city, he hopes to pull his life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent performance of a very fun book!

  • By Jen M. on 02-17-16

Enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

I enjoyed this fast paced thriller set in Vienna. The story and the characters were interesting, and I loved the descriptions of Vienna. Not overly impressed with the ending though, it just seemed too pat. I didn't care for the narrator (Will M Watt) all that much; I didn't think his accent fit the story, but he did a good job with most of the character's accents.

I received this audiobook from audiobookblast for an honest review.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Maker's Mark

  • By: Helen Macie Osterman
  • Narrated by: Lori Faiella
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Why do a sleazy antique dealer and a wealthy collector suddenly become interested in an unknown artist named Jo Allison? Is it the mysterious goblet she used in three still-life paintings? Jo's apartment is burglarized, and she is followed and threatened. When she attempts to determine the provenance of the goblet, she discovers that it might be a priceless artifact. Thieves follow her to Chicago and to the home of a blind woman in Riverside who also owns one of the goblets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makers Mark

  • By Deedra on 12-13-16

Very entertaining story!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

I enjoyed this story, it had an interesting premise and I really liked the main character, Jo Allison. The narrator, Lori Faiella, had a pleasant voice, but was a little bland, she showed very little emotion when narrating. She did seem to improve towards the end, but that may be because I got used to her style or maybe because I was enjoying the story that I forgot about how bland the narrating was.

I received this audio free from Audiobookblast in exchange for an honest review.

  • A Christmas Mystery

  • A Short Story
  • By: A.L. Jambor
  • Narrated by: Sabrina Hawkins
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Hank and Josie own a small nursery in Mays Landing, New Jersey. They have three kids and a house with a mortgage. Josie has worked hard making and selling wreaths to make money for Christmas presents. Two days before Christmas, while she is collecting pine cones for her wreaths, she finds a woman named Helen lying in the woods behind her house. She is bruised and beaten, but won't let Josie call for help.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Christmas mystery

  • By Carlissa on 12-11-15

Nice Christmas mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

I enjoyed this short Christmas mystery story, but it would have been better if it were a little bit longer and the characters developed more. Also, there is no mention of whether the stolen money was found or not!

The narrator, Sabrina Hawkins, was good.

  • Marley - The Other Christmas Carol

  • By: Donald Allen Kirch
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

Marley's soul was lost, doomed to wander among the ranks of humanity generation after generation, without the powers to be human. The curse of his chains was a heavy one, and there were many a time in which he found the weight of said chains to be unbearable. So this must be perfectly understood: Marley was without hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Will pull at your heartstrings!

  • By MissSusie66 on 12-15-15

Wonderful story for the holidays!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-15

Jacob Marley's ghost is doomed to carry around chains and haunt the Cratchit's house until one day an American couple and their 10-year-old daughter move in. Marley desperately wants to be free of his chains, so he must find a way to grant the little girl's Christmas wish. Just like A Christmas Carol, this is a heart-warming story not to be missed! , J. Scott Bennett did an excellent job narrating.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman Who Walked In Sunshine

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, so slow in fact that for the first time in her estimable career Precious Ramotswe has reluctantly agreed to take a holiday. The promise of a week of uninterrupted peace is short-lived, however, when she meets a young boy named Samuel, a troublemaker who is himself in some trouble. Once she learns more about Samuel's sad story, Mma Ramotswe feels compelled to step in and help him find his way out of a bad situation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The busiest vacation ever

  • By Pamela J on 01-15-16

My favorite in this series!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

I always enjoy Mma Ramotswe's gentle wisdom and Mma Makutsi is always a character! In this book, Mma Makutsi talks Mma Ramotswe into taking a vacation, but her idea of a vacation is not necessarily what everyone else expects! Mma Makutsi is left in charge of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective agency with Charlie and Rra Polopetsi to help her, and she handles the temporary promotion admirably! I've liked all the books in the series, but this one is my favorite.