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  • Restless Spirits Cozy Ghost Mystery Trilogy

  • By: Angela Pepper
  • Narrated by: Marie Hoffman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

The Restless Spirits books by Angela Pepper are complete stand-alone mysteries set in the regular world, with a ghost or two in each book. These tales range from humorous to suspenseful, with thrilling twists and danger at every turn!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Stories, Great Narration!

  • By Jan M on 07-17-18

Ghosts Are People, Too!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Three of author Angela Pepper's ghost stories are bundled here and with (or without) Marie Hoffman's deft narration you will enjoy many happy hours.
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Interview with a Ghost in Arizona--Piper and the Lion

Imagine yourself invited to visit your absolutely favorite author. When you knock on the door--it opens. But there are no lights on. Whassup, you are asking yourself as you stand in the dark hallway. And then, suddenly, someone rushes past you and shoves you down. And then? And then? A delightful whodunnit with a number of surprising twists even as the suspects are all gathered together (traditional!) . . . in an airplane (not so usual) . . . for the final denouement.

All of this is delightfully performed by narrator Marie Hoffman who perfectly pipes Piper and covers a variety of other voices with panache.
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Date with a Ghost in Colorado--Love Beyond the Grave

My previous experience with Ms Pepper's books has been with light and funny tales (murder notwithstanding). This one caught me by surprise as there is a more serious presentation--although still plenty of humor. Marie Hoffman does a terrific job voicing the various characters as she spins the story along, pulling one ever deeper into Samantha's mind and the events around her. Very enjoyable!
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Dancing with a Ghost--Artful Dodging

Katie is haunted by her missing roommate. Or IS she her missing roommate? Author Angela Pepper's devious plots and wry humor are in evidence, but even at the end Katie herself remains a mystery despite solving the . . . mystery. Nicely narrated by Marie Hoffman.


  • Bickering Birds

  • Cozy Corgi Mysteries
  • By: Mildred Abbott
  • Narrated by: Angie Hickman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

When Katie caters a meeting of the Feathered Friends Brigade and drags Fred along, they expect nothing more than loquacious chatter about birds as they endeavor to build a professional relationship with the owner of the wild bird shop. Fred and Katie are quickly roped into a moonlight snowshoeing hike in hopes of spotting a rare owl. While the endangered bird proves elusive...the murdered man in the snow is hard to miss. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good read

  • By cosmitron on 10-24-18

Save the Birds

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Corgis, the Queen's choice of pooch, seem to be taking over as a favorite breed--for sleuthing! Our heroine's own Watson is on the clues with his sensitive nose as Fred (Winifred) solves murders four and five since she moved to town, while opening a bookstore named (what else?) The Cozy Corgi--with a bakery upstairs. The imagination of others constantly astounds me, allowing me to expand me knowledge and stretch my own mind trying to puzzle out the clues as they are presented. Birdwatchers will enjoy the antics of the conservation club acting seemingly at odds with itself. Angie Hickman, the narrator, lovingly liquifies Leo's "Ls" while giving gravitas to several of the other male voices and variety to the females.

  • Storm Watcher

  • The Watcher Series, Book 2
  • By: Lilith Saintcrow
  • Narrated by: Rayna Cole, Jack Wayne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

All Mariamne Niege wants is to finish her thesis and get a job. Unfortunately, she's a Guardian now, and her visions of the future have grown so intense, she's blind to the world while in their grip. Her Watcher, Hanson, is sleeping on her couch and scaring her roommates when he's not shepherding her through the visions and calming her worsening nightmares. Then the earthquakes start, warning of an even bigger disaster - a cataclysm that could level her beloved city and claim countless innocent lives. A disaster her visions say are triggered by Hanson.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen

  • By lynda on 11-19-18

The Evil Within

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Dually narrated by Rayna Cole and Jack Wayne (this works surprisingly well!), there is a lot of action in this second tale of the saga. If you haven't read the first, you will not have the background explaining how the city status was modified and the coven's role changed (note how I'm avoiding spoilers here!), but will be able to enjoy a solid paranormal adventure with a great deal of violence. I suspect this plot format would be terrific for a role-playing game.

  • Vengeance Is Mine: Resurrections

  • Sam and Laura's Story, Book 3
  • By: Kwen D Griffeth
  • Narrated by: Joseph R Durika
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

The hawk was created in the image of a hawk. That means he must use violence every day of his life if he wants to eat and live another day. He can never wake up one morning and say to himself, I no longer wish to eat mice and snakes; I want to eat seeds and nuts like the cardinal. No, he cannot do this, and why? Because he was created in the image of a hawk. I don't see, I don't understand. Sam, I know your father taught you this, but you have forgotten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying Conclusion

  • By Betababe on 01-10-19

Satisfying Conclusion

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

This is a three-book series best read in order. Each tale could be read randomly and individually and provide a wonderful entertainment, but the richness of details calls out for enjoying the full experience. Chronicling post-war (Civil) Missouri, author Kwen Griffeth carefully sets his stage and players and then lets the saga roll forth. Narrator Joseph Durika seems a perfect choice for giving voice to the story and characters and I gave a deep, satisfied sigh as the final credits verbally rolled across the screen.

  • His Scottish War Bride

  • By: Pamela Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Fine
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 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

As a motorcycle dispatch rider in London during World War II, Maggie Cameron faced her share of dangerous situations. Yet none filled her with as much dread as the thought of moving to America to join her GI husband, John MacPhee, after having been separated for six months. Life in the orderly MacPhee household has been completely upended since John’s return from the war. His father’s sudden injury puts John in charge at work and at home, leaving little time for battle scars to heal. Will Maggie forgive him for dragging her away from the country she loves and into his chaotic life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make Do/Do Without

  • By Betababe on 01-09-19

Make Do/Do Without

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

For most Americans, World War II was an exciting time, fear for the safety of loved ones, rationing and shortages notwithstanding. The conditions overseas were far different, with personal safety a daily issue and serious dietary restrictions and lack of goods an ongoing issue. This delightfully narrated (by Rebecca Fine) novella makes a number of such points and provides insights into the radical changes most War Brides faced upon coming to the United States. There is a great deal of tender humor to offset the more serious aspects of the story. Delightful!

  • Extraordinary World

  • Extraordinary Series, Book 3
  • By: Mary Frame
  • Narrated by: Leah Casey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Charlotte, aka Ruby the town psychic, has a good thing going in Castle Cove. Her baby sister, Paige, is blossoming under their newfound stability. Charlotte is becoming a pillar in the quirky beachside community, thanks to her new friends and neighbors. And Deputy “Cute Butt” Jared has finally wedged himself into her life with a heart big enough to make them a real family. But Charlotte should have known better than to let a con run too long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Long Con

  • By Betababe on 01-07-19

The Long Con

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

This is book 3 in a three-part series with cliff-hangers. That said, you could certainly enjoy this book by itself but would notice you hadn't the depth of knowledge to fill in some of the past details. I kept wanting to "go upside her head" and tell our heroine to be honest with her boyfriend since she's running for her life but, as the author makes clear, Charlotte has some trust issues to sort through. Well, the more you learn of her life and childhood, the more clear that becomes. What is amazing is that she has nonetheless become a resourceful, resilient, responsible, and likable individual.

So what we have is a complex con with complications, several mysteries to be solved, and a lovely little romance (or two or three) tying things together. Listening to Leah Casey's easy narration, I found myself reluctant to turn off the audiobook, "reading" past midnight to get to the end.

  • A Life Less Extraordinary

  • Extraordinary Series, Book 2
  • By: Mary Frame
  • Narrated by: Leah Casey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Wherever Charlotte and Paige go, crime is sure to follow. Someone has been breaking into homes and vandalizing their contents, including Ruby's Readings and Cosmic Shop. Charlotte doesn't want to get involved and risk their newfound stability, especially since it's only two more months until the real Ruby returns. But when a phone call from their estranged parents breaks up their happy routine, the sisters realize they have even less time in Castle Cove than they thought. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return of Evil

  • By Betababe on 01-04-19

Return of Evil

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

While one can enjoy each story in the series individually (and each contains a mystery which is resolved within), they are written to be read consecutively and end in cliff-hangers. And you WILL want to know what happens next! Narrator Leah Casey voices our heroine perfectly. Things heat up in book two in more ways than one, but no spoilers!

  • Case of the Holiday Hijinks

  • Corgi Case Files, Volume 3
  • By: Jeffrey M. Poole
  • Narrated by: Bob Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

There’s a Grinch in Pomme Valley! Someone is stealing presents right from under the noses of unsuspecting homeowners and leaving no trace of how he broke in. And, to make matters even more baffling, he’s stealing only presents! Corgis Sherlock and Watson are on the case! Accompanied by their reluctant human, Zack, the unlikely trio must find out who’s responsible for the thefts and stop him before anyone gets hurt. The townsfolk are scared. City officials are nervous. Can Zack and the dogs put a stop to this crime spree before Christmas is ruined for everyone?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Catching the Grinch!

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 01-15-19

Seasonal Sleuthing!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I enjoy this series more with each book. Yes, author Jeffrey Poole carefully crafts them to provide whatever background is needed for the current story but there is a great deal of fun in knowing the details! The mummy story had some truly classic references (pun fully intended!). Pack initiations aside, our hero seems to have taken the time to learn how to handle his fluffy puppies so they are actually useful despite a lack of formal police/investigation training, and the humans are generally intelligent in their gathering of facts and information. Meanwhile, narrator Bob Johnson makes full use of the comedic elements that had me laughing out loud as I listened (with my new headphones--thanks, Santa!). Okay, now anxiously awaiting the next tale!

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  • Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy

  • Corgi Case Files, Volume 2
  • By: Jeffrey M. Poole
  • Narrated by: Bob Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

When a traveling Egyptian exhibit stops in picturesque Pomme Valley, all hell breaks loose when a valuable artifact is stolen and a dead body turns up in an unexpected location. The prime suspect has already been identified, but there's a catch: He's more than 3,000 years old. Pomme Valley's newest crime-fighting crusaders are on the case with Sherlock, new packmate Watson, and their reluctant human, Zack. Can they solve the murder and locate the missing loot before any more misfortune can befall the town?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun experience

  • By cosmitron on 10-04-18

Happy Halloween

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Anyone who's ever had nightmares from watching a Boris Karloff movie will appreciate this one. No actual horror, but lots of fun as the corgis uncover clues to solve the mystery. Bob Johnson narrates delightfully--he's the perfect voice for our hapless hero.

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  • Parker

  • Cowboys and Debutantes: Contemporary Series, Book 5
  • By: Vivi Holt
  • Narrated by: Dawson McBride
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

When bumbling veterinarian Jennifer Barsby’s friend Hazel falls ill, she doesn’t hesitate to take action. After quitting her job in Atlanta, she packs up her life and moves to the Cotton Tree ranch in South Georgia to take care of her sick former roommate. But when circumstances change, she wonders what she should do with the rest of her life. Handsome and brooding cowboy, Parker Williams, is just another pal - at least that’s how Jen sees him. A former Army Ranger, he’s found renewed purpose as part-owner of the ranch. But he's given up on moving on or finding love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dreams do come true

  • By Linda R on 12-15-18

Friends, Ranch Style

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

This is one of a series of books by multiple authors, but within that series author Vivi Holt has produced a trilogy dealing with brothers taking on a ranch in Georgia. Each novel stands alone and has sufficient background data to let you know how the pieces fit together and each highlights a different brother, his life issues, and his quest for an HEA (Happily Ever After). Fittingly, narration is by Dawson McBride, whose rich gravelly voice imbues Southern Charm (and not a single "bless your heart") in this Walton Family episode. And that is meant as a sincere compliment to the Hallmark moments and complexity of plot and characters smoothly stirred together into a delicious ambrosia. Full five stars and maybe two hankies, in parts, but overall joyous--and rather perfect for the holiday season, as it ends on Christmas Day!