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  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

  • By: Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Narrated by: Ann Richardson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm has delighted readers for over 100 years. Published in 1903, when girls were inevitably depicted as pretty, gentle and proper, Rebecca Rowena Randall burst onto the scene of children's literature. Sent to live with her prim and proper Aunt Miranda, who is expecting her much more demure sister, Rebecca is a "bird of a very different feather".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A sweet experience.

  • By cosmitron on 07-07-18

A Classic!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I love classic books from this period - the difference in the way of life is so refreshing and interesting, and often funny too!  However there are darker themes as well which the author handles well, despite the fact that this was written so long ago!

I had not read or listened to this book before I listened to this one so have nothing to compare it to but the narrator really was wonderful!  Her accent was precious and one I could listen to all day and her voices for the different characters were very believable. One thing I particularly liked was that a lot of the time, you didn't really need to be told who was speaking as it was obvious - that's a true testament to a narrator and not something all can achieve.

It's an easy listen - one that you can listen to whilst doing something else - I was sorting through my hard drive trying to free up space and it made the boring task more bearable and made the time go quickly!

It's one of those 'not a lot happens but by the end of the book a LOT has happened' stories - does that make sense?! 

I enjoyed it, but it's not one I think that I would listen to over and over again but should I have kids, I will definitely make sure it's read to them as a bedtime story - it has that kind of feel to it!

Confession - A lot of people seem to compare this to Anne of Green Gables (Rebecca was written first) .. I can't comment as I've not read Anne yet (SHOCK HORROR!)

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Post Hypnotic Press. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Soul of Stone

  • Ice and Stone Series, Book 1
  • By: Traci McDonald
  • Narrated by: Amanda Stribling
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

When a tragic fire takes the lives of her mother and grandmother, Danielle Lyndon is left alone with a 200-year-old bookstore in Greenville, Alabama. Facing what seems like an eternity of loneliness and abandonment, her life is inexorably altered late one night when a runaway teenage girl breaks into her store and Danielle receives a mysterious text message…from her dead mother. The only person who can help her is Aaron Donnell, a reckless, tormented drifter with haunting silver-blue eyes who is searching for the burglar, his younger sister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Confusing Story

  • By BookAddict'sReviews on 08-20-18

A Magical Bookshop - What's not to Love?!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

OK. So. I HAD to get on this tour for a few reasons - it's set in a 200 year old bookshop and that shop is called Salem Secrets. As you may have worked out by now, I am not the biggest fan of romance books but when the main story takes place in a bookstore that specialises in magical books, I am IN!

With her mother dead but managing to send her text messages, a burglar breaking into her shop, Danielle embarks on a journey with Aaron to find his little sister.  Magic, history and adventure all make for a fantastic story and one I really enjoyed!

First I want to mention the narrator - I love her accent! As a Brit there are certain American accents that I love and ones like Amanda's pretty much top the list. The slight southern lilt and the wonderful way she says "Y'all" is just lovely!

The storyline is exciting and fast-paced and as it is the first in a series, you will be unsurprised to know it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger which just leaves you wanting more .. and more!

It vaguely reminded me of "A Discovery of Witches" .. only slightly though - it's a different story and different book but it definitely has undertones similar to it - which means if you loved that book as much as I did (and can't wait for the TV Show coming soon!) then you will love this one too!

I am really grateful to the author and Jess for offering me a free book in return for my honest review and am on tenterhooks waiting for the next book in the series!

Rating: 4.5 Stars (Rounded Up)

  • The Sigma Surrogate

  • When Tomorrow Calls
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Jean Ann Douglass
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Keke is a biopunk journalist who won't stop till she exposes the truth. Will her reckless ambition help the surrogates, or harm them? Join Keke on her mission to uncover the biggest story she's ever encountered. You'll meet Jasmine and Marko and get pulled under with Kirsten, who's on the cusp of her own nail-biting story.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story that is filled with action

  • By cosmitron on 07-13-18

Great

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by JT Lawrence. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

To reiterate, I listened to this prequel first before the main books – just in case that makes a difference (which I will be able to tell you once I have listened to the other books)!

I enjoyed this story – it has an interesting premise and certainly one that I want to learn and hear more about! The characters are written well and developed despite this being a novella sized prequel. It was action packed and only occasionally lets up for you to catch up – which I love!

I loved the setting of the book too – I have been to Africa, but not Johannesburg and really felt like I was there – great scene setting and some great dystopian-esque futuristic type exciting stuff too, even if it is only in the near future.

I think the narrator deserves a special mention as I think that she does a great job and I enjoyed listening to her.

I liked it so much that I am going to start the trilogy right away – I feel a binge-listen coming on!

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  • My Name Is Nelson: Pretty Much the Best Novel Ever

  • By: Dylan Fairchild
  • Narrated by: Erik Johnson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

President Andrew MacIntyre was having a pretty good first year in the Oval Office. Suddenly, during what should have been a peaceful Christmas season, he's facing one of the worst national security crises in American history. And, it's being masterminded out of a sleazy New Mexico strip joint? What the hell?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great Book for the Trump era.

  • By cosmitron on 08-20-18

Great Audiobook!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Dylan Fairchild. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Firstly, I think this is possibly the best opening for a boo that I have read in a while – a hungover American President sitting at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office? Genius!

The book is really very engaging – I felt a part of the story right away and feel that both the writing and the narrator worked hard to achieve this.

The characters are wonderful – well written, well acted and instantly likeable, even the ones that you later find out are ‘the baddies’. Nelson in particular is a wonderfully written character and must have been a tricky one to get right, but Fairchild did!

I hate spoiling things on this blog and have resulted made a promise never to do so and because of that, there is a lot of the plot that I can’t tell you about but let em assure you, it’s worth a few hours of your time to have a listen!

Comedic Thriller, US politics, genius antics, weapons of mass destruction, exotic dancers, silliness and a .. well.. harrowing ending all adds up to being a bloomin’ good book and I recommend you having a listen as Erik’s performance really is GREAT!

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  • Clutch

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Becker
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Barbetta
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Clutch: A Novel is the laugh-out-loud chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags - the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike, by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors, and finds the courage to discover someone onto whom she wants to hold: the “Clutch”.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, Sassy, Fun!

  • By Krystyn - AudiobookObsession on 09-12-18

Enjoyable Contemporary Romance

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I love Audiobooks - they allow me to 'read' whilst I'm working and It makes me feel less alone and as a freelancer working at home, this is a nice thing! I don't often go for romance stories but felt that my threshold for audiobooks is higher than if I was reading the book, and I was not wrong ... I really enjoyed this story!

I have to say the I think the end outcome is really predictable but it doesn't take any from the enjoyment of the story. I really liked that even though the romance and 'soulmate' searching was the focus of the story )not something I usually go for) but wasn't done in a way that made me feel nauseous - as a single 39 year old (who is quite happy being single thank you very much) I do sometimes find the 'desperate' search for love sickeningly over the top but not this time. It was a great mix of funny, embarrassing, outrageous and scary stories and I wanted to be part of Caroline's life, and totally fell in love with Mike too!

I also have to talk about Suzanne, the narrator too - she is a new favourite! Her different voices and accents were great and her storytelling background really shone through - she was gripping and exciting and I will definitely seek out other audiobooks she has done in the future.

The audiobook itself is an easy listen - I actually listened to it in 2 chunks over 2 days and really enjoyed my time with Caroline and give it 4 Stars. I was given a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

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