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The Raven

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  • Séances Are for Suckers

  • Eleanor Wilde Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Tamara Berry
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Ellie has an ailing sister to care for and working as a ghost hunter who doesn't believe in ghosts helps cover the bills. On her latest job, though, she may be in for some genuine scares. The skeptical, reserved, and very rich Nicholas Hartford III has flown her all the way to his family's ancestral estate in England - supposedly haunted by a phantom named Xavier. Something is causing the flashes of light, mysterious accidents and other apparent pranks in the chilly, eerie castle. His mother is sure that Xavier is real, and he's willing to employ Ellie if she can get to the bottom of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun listen!

  • By The Raven on 11-23-18

A fun listen!

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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: 11-23-18

The idea behind this book was so different that I thought it could be a refreshing read. it was! I very much enjoyed all the characters and the narration was perfect.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Juggling Author

  • How to Write Four Books a Year While Balancing Family, Friends, and a Full-Time Job
  • By: Jim Heskett
  • Narrated by: John Alan Martinson Jr.
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Are you an author struggling to find time to write? You've worked eight grueling hours at the day job, walked the dog, done the dishes, and put the little ones to bed. How do you still complete your writer to-do list after all of that? It might seem like there's never enough time, but you can find a way to create. You can publish regularly while balancing all those other tasks in your life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired Me to Make More Time for My Writing

  • By Tatiana on 09-06-17

For Artists and Writers

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

I absolutely love this book. It is funny yet full of wisdom the author has gained by his own experience. The advice contained within is applicable to anyone seeking to create consistently and productively. The narrator is excellent and perfectly suited to the dry humor.

The book contains great skills and practices and suggestions, there are a lot of resources also. I love how the author describes his own journey and shows how the practices within this book can lead to a consistent source of productive creativity. This book is not just jargon and theory- it is proven methods to create that the author uses. I intend to begin utilizing the skills in order to produce more artwork. I also intend to write a book on art. Thank you Mr. Heskett. I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for it completely unbiased and honest review which I have hereby given.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Room Beyond the Veil

  • By: C. H. Foertmeyer
  • Narrated by: Alan Philip Ormond
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Twenty-one year old Tom Jewett has embarked on a new career. His new job as a cub journalist with the Traber Herald sends him and his wife, Sally, to Traber, Colorado, the birthplace of Tom's great grandfather. Almost immediately after settling into their new Victorian fixer-upper, Tom's dreams begin. But, are these dreams of an old room decorated with antiques and dimly lit with kerosene lamps -- simply dreams? Maybe, just maybe, the room does exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly Unique, Totally Unexpected

  • By Big Cheese on 08-23-17

Great Sci-Fi Listen!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

The room beyond the veil had me on the edge of my seat. A very good story uniquely written that is captivating and interesting.

Without giving away spoilers, a couple moves into an old house and immediately begins an adventure of discovery and mystery. The story is different than any other I have read. I really enjoyed it! However the were a few little things that seemed out of place with the writing, which I only mention in the event the author ever decided to revise the written book. First was the formal way the couple always addressed one another. There was a lack of pet or shortened names between the long-married couple which seemed strange given how close they were. I also found it very distracting that the author named a real-world commercial business several times. It would have been just as easy to say a character applied at a local store which would have actually added more flavor to the rich ambiance of the novel without dragging the reader out of the story.

Aside of these two points the book was fantastic! I listened to the last two hours non-stop, unable to put it down. Nice history in it also along with the supernatural. I was given a copy of the audiobook in exchange for a fair and completely unbiased review.

  • The Unforgivable Fix

  • Justice, Book 3
  • By: T. E. Woods
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

Detective Mort Grant of the Seattle PD has finally decided to sell. The home where he and his late wife raised two kids feels too large and too full of old memories. His son is married and raising a family of his own, and despite desperate efforts to find her, Mort has lost touch with his wayward daughter. That is until the day she walks back into her childhood home and begs for his help. For the last four years, Allie Grant has been the lover - and confidante, confessor, and counselor - of one of the world's most powerful and deadly men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Rate!!! A MUST read!

  • By BikeVON on 05-21-17

My New Favorite Series

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

This is the third Book in the Justice series. I began with the first and was hooked. An excellent book with unusual twists just like the previous two, The main character is wonderfully complex- a combination of a brilliant yet vulnerable mind with Dexter tendencies.

TE Woods is brilliant. I look forward to the next in the series and am eager to spend a credit on it!

Also HUGE kudos to Christina Delaine for her masterful reading. She even pulls off male voices- not easy- in rich character. I usually avoid female readers for male-rich books but she nails it perfectly.

  • Into the Dark

  • By: Justin M. Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tom Jordan
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When Mr. Anders decides to take his wife off of life support, he must find a way to cope with her loss and face the remainder of his days without her. A powerful tale of love and loss, this story is ideal for those who are taking their first steps into the dark....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grab a box of Kleenex 😇

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 08-02-17

A Lovely Short Story

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Set at the time when a couple are parted by death, this book is beautifully written. The saying "Better to have loved and lost than never loved" really hits home here as the main character grapples with life without his soul mate. The comfort that this short story brings also can apply to any relationship.

Coincidentally, the day I listened to this audiobook, my friend Sandra had just passed away from cancer. It really hit home the emotions of a life celebrated and lost. Tom Jordan read it perfectly. Thank you for writing it Mr Johnson.

I was offered a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nighthawks

  • Children of Nostradamus, Book 1
  • By: Jeremy Flagg
  • Narrated by: Robin J Sitten
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Twenty-six-year-old painter Conthan Cowan takes art to a shocking frontier. His debut exhibit features the transformation of his high school friend, Sarah, as she went from a shy, soft-spoken girl to a Child of Nostradamus - an individual gifted with extraordinary abilities. Living in a society where the Children of Nostradamus are captured by the government, Conthan's exhibit draws attention from officials and protesters alike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • an entertaining story with an engaging plot

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 09-05-17

Unique Plot & Characters. Might be better in print

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

This book has a wonderfully creative plot starting with a character who, foreseeing the future, tries to change upcoming events by guiding several gifted people together who can stop evil. (I don't want to add any spoilers so I will leave it at that)

The book really has a unique take on characters with super powers. There were great descriptions of characters and the surrounding world that put the reader right into the unique story. It was a refreshing change from some of the more cliche stories out there.

That being said, this audiobook narration made the story harder to follow because the characters all sounded exactly alike. When read the POV would constantly change and without any other verbal clue it would take a while to figure out who we had switched to.

The narrator does use a very clear tone but in this book her range is extremely limited. She does a great job of READING the book, but she is just reading it, not expressing any emotion or acting. I think this book would be far better in print edition or with a cast of characters reading or a reader who can alter the voices enough to compensate for the authors style of swapping characters POV. I was offered this book at no cost in exchange for this unbiased review.

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  • The Time Machine

  • By: H.G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Carson Beck
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us. His grey eyes shone and twinkled, and his usually pale face was flushed and animated. The fire burned brightly, and the soft radiance of the incandescent lights in the lilies of silver caught the bubbles that flashed and passed in our glasses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic read wonderfully!

  • By The Raven on 07-28-17

A classic read wonderfully!

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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: 07-28-17

Whenever I get a chance I love to get the classic books on audible. When I saw The Time Machine I was very excited because I found the movie depiction to be very Hollywoodized- an overreaching plot that was not true to period.

This book is read like a first person account and I had trouble turning it off...in fact I sat in my driveway for the last 30 minutes. Loved this escape from reality.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Greyhound

  • By: Steffan Piper
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,206

Sebastien Ranes’s single mom and her feckless boyfriend can’t be bothered to take care of a stuttering 12-year-old. Banished to live with his grandmother on the far side of the country, the boy can barely understand a bus schedule when he gets dumped at the Greyhound station in Stockton, California. Given $35 and a one-way ticket to Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sebastien must cross the country - alone, without a clue how to fend for himself. Filled with youthful anger and naïveté, Sebastien heads out into the "Morning in America" of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warm Story of Fragility and Friendship

  • By Gillian on 06-29-16

Excellent story

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

This is an excellent book that is narrated INCREDIBLY. Seriously the artistry of both author and narrator is top notch. Will look for more work by both!

  • Who Let the Dog Out?

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151

Lawyer Andy Carpenter is surprised when Willie Millier, Andy's partner at their dog rescue operation, the Tara Foundation, calls to say the alarm has gone off at the foundation building. There has clearly been a break-in, and a dog has been stolen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Funny

  • By John on 08-01-15

Funny and entertaining listen!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

I did not know what to expect with this book, it is part of a series and often times a series is best listened to in order, but this one stands alone well. I loved the fun interaction of characters and may look into some other books in the series.

  • The Dead Detective Agency

  • The Dead Detective Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Peg Herring
  • Narrated by: JoBe Cerny
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

Tori Van Camp wakes one morning on a luxurious ocean liner where she's offered whatever a person might desire: food, clothes, recreation, and the companionship of congenial people. But Tori has no memory of booking a cruise. What she does have is a vivid recollection of being shot point blank in the chest.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A haunted cozy mystery that fell short

  • By Christina on 02-10-16

EXCELLENT! Peg Herring is now my favorite author!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

This book is the first in the Dead Detective series and it is fantastic. The characters are rich and interesting, the concept and story unpredictable like in Herring's other books. This was my second book in the series, and I found that each one is a stand-alone excellent book, unlike some series that do not make sense when out of order.

The only problem I have with this series is that I spend too much time listening in my car in the driveway of my home, so engrossed in the story that I cannot leave.... If I could give higher than a 5 star I would. I wish that they would make a TV series out of the Dead Detective Series.( I just hope that if they ever did they would resist the temptation to cast Shamus as eye candy rather than the incredibly interesting, deep, elderly character he is.) This book makes me wonder even more about Shamus' past....

The Narrator really plays Shamus brilliantly too. The character interplay is excellent. There are times when many characters are interacting and it was all very clear and well acted out. I was given this book for free as a gift in exchange for a fair and unbiased review which I have gladly given here.