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Portland, OR, United States
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  • Murder Go Round

  • Witch City Mystery Series, Book 4
  • By: Carol J. Perry
  • Narrated by: C.S.E. Cooney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Lee Barrett has agreed to attend a storage auction with Aunt Ibby - even though she suspects the forgotten rooms will yield more junk than treasure. Her skepticism vanishes once the two win a bid on an overlooked locker and uncover a trove of beautiful curiosities, including a stunning wooden carousel horse with gentle eyes and fading paint. But just before Lee leaves the fairground relic at a local repair shop, the sight of a silver samovar awakens her psychic abilities and conjures visions of murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit disappointed

  • By Beatrice on 02-12-17

Narration isn't working for me.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

I'm not able to focus on the story because the narration is so flat. Tried speeding it up and that didn't help either. Disappointing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Magic & Manners

  • An Austen Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: C. E. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

It is a truth universally accepted that well-bred members of society are not beleaguered with magic. For Elsabeth Dover and her sisters, that truth means living in a perpetual state of caution, never using their sorcerous gifts in public. Elsabeth chafes under the stricture, although not enough to risk the possibility of good marriages for her sisters...until she meets handsome, arrogant Fitzgerald Archer

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun variation on Pride & Prejudice

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 03-04-16

More period romance than magic.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

Not what I expected from CE Murphy. Frankly a wee bit disappointed. More romance than magic.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Blackman's Coffin

  • A Sam Blackman Mystery
  • By: Mark de Castrique
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Sam Blackman is an angry man. A chief warrant officer in the criminal investigation detachment of the U.S. military, he lost a leg in Iraq and has been outspoken in his criticism of his medical treatment. Then, ex-marine and fellow amputee Tikima Robertson walks into his hospital room, hinting that she has an opportunity for Sam to use his investigative skills. But before she can return, Tikima is murdered.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't click for me.

  • By upfrontboi on 04-06-18

Narration was great...mystery pace boring

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

Reviewed: 12-27-15

I don't think the Narration is the issue, it was pretty good. The pace of the story was slow for me.

  • Vampire Sun

  • Vampire for Hire, Book 9
  • By: J. R. Rain
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

Eight years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now in Vampire Sun, private investigator Samantha Moon looks into the bizarre disappearance of a woman who enters a Starbucks, but never leaves. Her distraught husband, a person of interest, hires Sam when a Corona Police Department detective gets killed and the case grows cold.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series but the books are too short!!!

  • By Beatrice on 08-08-14

Something missing on this one.

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

Reviewed: 07-31-14

I'm a fan of the series but this one seemed a bit slower than the others with less going on to keep my interest. Hoping the next is back on track.

  • Suddenly Sorceress

  • By: Erica Lucke Dean
  • Narrated by: Kathryn Merry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Ivie has a confrontation with her lying, cheating fiance. She is shocked when the jerk transforms into a skunk...Enlisting the help of her shopaholic friend Chloe and sexy club magician Jackson Blake, Ivie is forced to play a literal game of cat and mouse as she races against the clock to change her ex back before she's arrested for his murder. With every new spell, a fresh wave of sexual desire draws Jack further into Ivie's troubles, along with her panties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be prepared to gigglesnort you way thru this one!

  • By Jan on 07-27-15

Narration was great but....

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

Reviewed: 04-23-14

It seems the story was just an excuse for alot of sex and not alot of mystery.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • McNally's Secret

  • Archy McNally, Book 1
  • By: Lawrence Sanders
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

Playful, seductive, irresistible - this best-selling masterwork of fatal passion and greed introduces Lawrence Sanders's most wickedly charming sleuth. Meet Archy McNally, a freewheeling playboy who specializes is "discreet inquires" for the rich and not-so-discreet. Beneath the glaring sun of Palm Beach - and behind the lowest crimes of high society - McNally is paid to keep family skeletons in the closet. But when it comes to sex and scandal, McNally has a few secrets of his own....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Forgettable? Yeah, Like A Savory Rich Desert!

  • By Ted on 04-03-14

Glad it was on sale...

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

Reviewed: 02-18-14

The one liners are creative, but I found I didn't care about any of the characters and ultimately the story line didn't engage me much either.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Room at the Inn

  • A Jeff Resnick Mystery, Book 3
  • By: L. L. Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Jordan Murphy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Jeff Resnick is definitely out of his element when he and Maggie take a working vacation at a quaint Vermont inn. For most people, the chance to spend time with a beautiful woman in a romantic, isolated setting would be a plus, but the moment Jeff crosses the Sugar Maple Inn's threshold, his sixth sense warns him that someone is about to meet a violent death. His anxiety intensifies when he travels on one of the local roads and is nearly overwhelmed by feelings of impending doom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's all about the hook

  • By Me & My Girls on 07-17-14

This is the best one so far.

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

Reviewed: 02-17-14

I liked the concept but was a little disappointed with the previous two. I gave this next one a chance and I'm glad I did! It kept my attention to the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fated

  • Alex Verus Series, Book 1
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,969
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,977

Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom

  • By Jessica on 05-15-14

I found Harry Dresden's long lost British cousin!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-14

The parallels between this main character and Harry Dresden is a wee bit disturbing. However that being said, the performance was lovely and the story good. I look forward to the next book. I feel a little like I'm cheating on Jim Butcher, sshhhhhh don't tell him.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • True of Blood

  • Witch Fairy Series, Book 1
  • By: Bonnie Lamer
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

"I have a television so I know what a family is supposed to look like but mine is nothing like that. To begin with, both my parents are dead. Not the kind of dead where you bury them in the ground, say some nice words, cry a lot and then never see them again. Nope, when they died they refused to ‘go into the light’ or whatever it is you’re supposed to do when you die. Instead, they came back home. As ghosts. Have you ever been sent to your room by a parent who has no corporeal form? I have and it sucks..."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More romance than anything else.

  • By Schervem on 12-09-13

More romance than anything else.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-13

Great performance from Emily Durante as usual. This story wasn't listed as a romance, if it had been I wouldn't have chosen it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Chimes at Midnight

  • An October Daye Novel, Book 7
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841

Things are starting to look up for October "Toby" Daye. She's training her squire, doing her job, and has finally allowed herself to grow closer to the local King of Cats. It seems like her life may finally be settling down…at least until dead changelings start appearing in the alleys of San Francisco, killed by an overdose of goblin fruit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly excellent !!!

  • By nancy olean on 09-04-13

Book 7 is a hit!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-13

This series is always a joy. This installment was no exception. Couldn't stop listening till it was done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful