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  • Waking Lazarus

  • A Guardian Novel, Book 2
  • By: D.J. Williams
  • Narrated by: Josh Horowitz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Jake Harris' life hasn't turned out the way he planned. Battling his addictions, and the shattered pieces of his family, he is hired to ghostwrite a memoir. From the 1920s story of a controversial evangelist, to the present day mystery of a former District Attorney, everything changes when his search for the truth leads to an atrocity hidden from history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book kept me up trying to finish it

  • By Sarah Moon on 03-02-19

New & Refreshing Story

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

Waking Lazarus
Author: D.J. Williams
Narrated by: Josh Horowitz
Four Star Review ****

I listened to this book as a stand-alone novel although it is the second in the series. Listening to the book as a stand-alone book is perfectly easy, you do not feel you are missing anything from the story. The Author has done an amazing job in making a second book in the series feel like it could be the first of many.

This story is pretty captivating from the beginning. I was glad I listened to it. The Author creates well developed characters, a riveting story with so many added embellishments while adding a nice twist for the listener. There are Government conspiracies, Evangelist extremists, and even a Secret Evil society! This is great listen, if you enjoy thrillers give this book a try. The story is well worth it, give this page turner a try!

  • Saffelia Forrest and the Snowfall Grove

  • The Danny Canterbury Tales, Book 2
  • By: Dominic Jericho
  • Narrated by: Amy Du Quesne
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

When four school friends go camping in the Snowfall Grove, they unwittingly uncover the hidden secrets of their new teachers. But as their final year at Plunket’s comes to a close, will they reveal the biggest secret of all - the one hiding in their midst?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2

  • By Michael Parker on 04-09-19

Curious Story: Written for an Adolescent Audience

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

Saffelia Forrest and the Snowfall Grove
The Danny Canterbury Tales, Book 2
By: Dominic Jericho
Narrated by: Amy Du Quesne

** 2 out of 5 stars 2.0 (1 rating)**

This book is written almost as beautiful poetry and that artistry is missed when listening to it in audiobook format. I really wanted to like this curious story but found it very hard to listen too. The book was really all over the place which made it somewhat confusing, could be it needs further editing.

This story is written for a younger audience perhaps the young adult category. It takes place on a teenage camping trip in the mysterious Snowfall Grove. The youngsters or teenagers (they certainly act like both) uncover mysteries and secrets of the teachers of Plunket School. This is a coming of age story with mystery and a little bit of suspense.

As an audiobook listener I just couldn't get into the story, or fully understand what exactly was occurring at times. I rewound this audiobook so many times! The dialogue in the book implied a much younger person than what the actual age these children were supposed to be. I was left confused most of the time as to what exactly was going on. Don't get me wrong this may be another persons cup of tea if you enjoy young adult narrative poetry.

The narrator was hard to understand at times, the wispy voice did not match the story being told. The narrators voice kept lulling me to sleep instead of keeping me interested in the story. I had to speed up the narration speed, and that still did not help. I believe this is a make or break circumstance with the narrator.

  • The Broken Doll

  • By: P.J. Blakey-Novis
  • Narrated by: Christopher Preece
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

In a small town in southern England, a chance encounter triggers a catastrophic series of events from which no one will emerge unchanged. When Sebastian Briggs meets Ella she needs his help. The type of help required, however, is far from what he had expected; dragging him down a path of lust and violence. As a married father of three, Sebastian must fight between his loyalty to his family and the desire he feels for another woman, a woman full of secrets and with sinister intentions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Craziness here!

  • By Melissa and Josh on 03-08-19

Riveting, Couldn't put the Audiobook Down

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

The Broken Doll
Author: P.J. Blakey-Novis
Narrated By: Christopher Preece
**** 4 Stars****

This story is one that makes you feel so many different emotions. It has domestic violence, stalking, passion and murder. When a story stirs anger, aggravation or even sympathy you know you have listened/read a great story.

You get to be inside the perspective of a Woman that has been brutally tormented for years she is a beaten down, empty shell of a person. Almost. Its very possible Ella suffers from some sort of mental and emotional dysfunction. She latches onto the one person that shows her a bit of kindness and does it in a very bizarre methodical way. Even though Ella does peculiar things in the book, she is fascinating. In the end you want to know what comes next for Ella, and you do want her to find some happiness. That is the written word at it's finest!

Sebastian or Seb is the other main character. He is nice fellow, you pull for him in the story. He has managed to get himself in quite a sticky situation. As the story unfolds you hope Sebastian will make it through the strange circumstances he has befallen. Is the strange attraction something he can ever escape?

The characters are very interesting and the story keeps you on a roller coaster of emotions. I enjoyed the story very much. The ending seemed to come very abruptly, perhaps there are other books and this is a series. I honestly can't wait to find out what else happens with Ella and Sebastian in the next book.

Narrator Notes: The narrator is engaging, he did not differentiate characters with several different voices or inflect high emotion but the book was read well and I was not bored by his voice. In fact he has a lovely voice.

  • Wizard's First Rule

  • Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,467

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a blast

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-09-12

Fantasy book readers & listeners MUST Read

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

Wizard's First Rule
Sword of Truth, Book 1
Terry GoodKind
34 hours and 6 minutes
*****Five Stars*****


If there is ever a story to listen to or read it would be Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule. This series should be on everyone's bucket list. It has mystery, suspense, drama, murder and even a tad bit of love. This delightfully written story has so many great elements wrapped up into a magnificent 34 hour listen! The book is large so you know you really have a good sturdy story.

This is the first book of the Sword of Truth series. The story unfolds a wonderful mystical land, unique people and a great mission of course. The pure hearted hero of the story is a very human man, he is likable and of course makes mistakes like all of us. Richard is certainly relatable. The characters within this book are alluring and interesting. The trials they have to withstand are turbulent and exciting.

The story is interesting and well thought out, it was executed flawlessly and is a fascinating base to build the future of the series.

I recommend it to anyone that likes a great story.



  • Second Chance Pass

  • Virgin River, Book 5
  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570

Within a few short months, Vanessa buried her husband and birthed his son. When serendipity brings a man into her life again, her heart flutters anew. But just as he plans to reveal his love, another woman stakes her claim on him - a claim his sense of honor can't easily shake off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Olivia on 08-14-09

Continuation of Virgin River Characters!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Vanessa and Paul's Love story is continued in Second Chance Pass. You also get too know what is happening with the rest of the characters in previous books in the Virgin River Series. Vanessa is a widow and Paul is Vanessa (Vannie) deceased husbands best friend. It has the makings for angst riddled with guilt but best of all a sweet love story. We get to be introduced to new characters and also have some updates on old characters we have grown to cherish (Jack, Mel, Preacher & Paige). I enjoy knowing what everyone is up too in Virgin River!

As always Therese Plummer is astounding; She is capable of doing many different voices smoothly and with great skill.

  • Shelter Mountain

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,276

Marine veteran John "Preacher" Middleton intimidates just about everyone who walks into his bar. But when an abused young mother comes in, seeking protection from her ex-husband, Preacher promises to become her guardian - and maybe something more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story of kindness and unconditional love

  • By Houston mom on 12-01-12

Characters you Connect with and a Setting you Love

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

This is the continuation of the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr, it's book two. Robyn Carr is an extremely talented writer, she pulls you into the cozy town and makes you interested in the people. The story is one of Preacher and Paige. Somehow Robyn Carr made a kind gentle male character with such honest intentions. You delve into a story of a Woman that is abused by her spouse and the kind and gentle soul of Preacher. Its the perfect story to show how domestic abuse is painful and scary.

Even though this is Preacher and Paige's story you still see other characters like Mel and Jack. I enjoy stories with reoccurring characters. Robyn Carr manages to take the very serious subject of Domestic Abuse on and does it superbly. Virgin River is a sweet escape, the setting is cozy the people are sweet and the romances are steamy.

The Narrator Therese Plummer is amazing! She can differentiate each character without flaw. I am a true fan of her talent.

  • Virgin River

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,396

Recently widowed, grieving Los Angeles midwife/nurse Melinda Monroe answers a small upstate town's ad for help. Nestled amongst California's giant redwoods, quaint Virgin River is host to many quirky characters - including bar owner Jack Sheridan, who may be just the man to make Melinda smile again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great author if you like Nora Roberts!

  • By Houston mom on 12-01-12

Virgin River is a Place you want to Visit!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

The story took me by surprise it made me feel intense sadness then grief and then eventually love with happiness. It has all the feels! When a writer can make you have intense feelings about the unique characters and the mystical setting you know it's a great book. I enjoyed each character (Jack & Mel of course) and the story was very beautiful. You get to understand what the main characters Jack and Mel and what they have gone through, and why they are in Virgin River. The supporting Characters Doc, and Preacher are colorful and interesting. The setting is beautiful, Robyn Carr created such a wonderful place of peace and love. The series is long and the characters are reoccurring, so I won't be sad as I delve into the community of Virgin River my Home away from Home!

The narrator Therese Plummer does a fantastic job differentiating between all characters. She is truly gifted.

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  • Misconduct

  • By: Penelope Douglas
  • Narrated by: Carrie Brach, Guy Locke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students, and trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn't important. She can't let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing.... Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth, not a living, breathing teenage boy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book, terrible narrators!

  • By Denisa on 12-30-15

Not her best work

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

The story ended too rapidly, left the story open ended. I also think the narrarotors sounded machine like, made it hard to listen with them sounding like robots. I've read and listened to way better books by Douglas, so don't get frustrated with this story, she has really good ones!!

  • Corrupt

  • By: Penelope Douglas
  • Narrated by: Tatiana Sokolov, Jeremy York
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792

Erika: His name is Michael Crist. My boyfriend's older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He's handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college's basketball team and now gone pro, he's more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating!

  • By Chocalicious on 04-14-16

Male Narrator, Better Suited for True Crime!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

There is a whole lot different about this book which makes for a good story.... usually. The story is about revenge. The issue is with the Heroine she is an enigma. I have issues with Erika, she is weak, but then she is strong? Scared but gets off on it? She is a walking talking mystery or just written terribly. I don't think I liked her to be honest. Personally most of the characters really need some redeeming qualities because honestly they are just a bunch of rich brats.

Secondly the male narrator reads softly and has anger with urgency to his voice. Not sure this was the part for him to read because I really felt anxiety every time it came to his chapter.

I would like to warn some folks about the threesome in the story, it is a bit unusual and did not seem in the Heroines character but it does happen. There is also some female bisexual fooling around but nothing that detailed.

  • Peaceful Pines

  • By: Crystal Harper
  • Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell, Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

Summer Phillips is ready for a fresh start. When her Manhattan yoga studio fails, she heads back to her hometown. The Pines is an idyllic tourist destination in Vermont, but Summer longs for more in her life than small-town festivals and working for her dentist father. She’s welcomed with open arms, but soon discovers things have changed since she left. Jake Moretti is recovering from the death of his close friend, who willed him everything he owned, including the hardware store. He’s lived there a year, but doesn’t quite feel like he fits in with the locals.   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was good.

  • By Christine Garner on 12-23-18

Great Beginning than Absolutely Nothing!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

The beginning of the novel was interesting the storytelling held promise. Lots of detail, compelling characters the book had the making of an incredible small town love story. Basically halfway through the book the speed of the story was vamped up. Suddenly they are in love... wait what? Then the book ended. There is another "installment" or whatever you want to call it coming up in a week or two. Personally I like to listen or read a WHOLE complete book not small stories released as a series books.

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