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  • A Christmas Reunion

  • Small Town Christmas, Book 1
  • By: David Neth
  • Narrated by: Brenna Larsen, Andrew Russell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Tracy Slater may be a successful pop star, but fame and fortune isn't everything she thought it'd be. Under the thumb of a husband who is growing steadily more abusive, she's decided her marriage is over. She just needs to make it through one more trip home for the holidays with him before she's free. Stephen Austin worked hard to become the successful novelist he's always wanted to be. So why isn't he happy? Then he runs into his old girlfriend, the one he thought he had lost forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Second chance romance

  • By PATRICIA on 03-23-18

A sweet holiday romance

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

A Christmas Reunion is a sweet holiday romance about a pop-star who comes home for Christmas and finds the love she left behind. The story has a few cuss words, but otherwise is fairly clean.

The audiobook has two narrators, which works well for the two points of view in the story.

  • Finding Freedom

  • The Lost in Time Duet, Book 1
  • By: Kamery Solomon
  • Narrated by: Michael Stene
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Olivia Blake loves her job. Restoring art and discovering the history behind it is a regular part of her simple life. So, when her boss presents her with a damaged portrait of a British soldier from the American Revolution, she jumps at the chance to work on it. When her journey to discover who the man was is cut short by a bad car accident, Olivia surfaces in the icy waters of the Delaware River, staring at George Washington as he crosses with his army. Panicked, she flees into the woods and right into the arms of a very surprised British soldier - the man from the painting. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A sweet Civil War time travel romance

  • By John on 02-14-19

A sweet Civil War time travel romance

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

If you are a fan of time travel romances and you are interested in the Civil War, Finding Freedom is a good choice. The story is entertaining with enough history built to give it that touch of authenticity that makes you want to look things up and see how much is actually true. The romance is sweet and engaging. The ending is a bit too abrupt, but that’s what sequels are for...

The narrator does a nice job with the book.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

  • Flaming Crimes

  • Disaster Crimes, Book 4
  • By: Chrys Fey
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Beth and Donovan are now happily married, and what Beth wants more than anything is a baby. Her dream of starting a family is put on hold as fires burn dangerously close, and Donovan becomes a victim of sabotage. Donovan escapes what could've been a deadly wreck. Their past enemies have been eliminated, so who is cutting brake lines and leaving bloody messages? He vows to find out for the sake of the woman he loves and the life they're trying to build.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By sherry Christenson on 02-15-19

A hot, sexy romantic thriller

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Flaming Crimes is a sexy romantic thriller with fire thrown in the mix. For those who have been reading the series, the fire in this book is not as dramatic or violent as the last book’s Tsunami nor does this book have as much action as the previous installment (unless you count sex). The fire in this book has a bit of a slow start, and it takes a while for the action to get hot. Still it is fun to catch up with Beth and Donovan.

The narrator of the audiobooks improves with each book. His voice takes a little getting use to, but it is engaging and draws the listener in to the story.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

  • Companion of Darkness

  • An Epic Fantasy Series (The Chaos Wars, Book 1)
  • By: CJ Rutherford
  • Narrated by: Ginger Sue, Dustin Spiehler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

For years, Jesaela has longed to visit the home of the Eldar, but what happens when your dream becomes a nightmare? Ripped from her family and home in the forest to become companion to a princess she’s never met, Jes soon discovers the far-off beauty is a lie. The Citadel is a den of darkness and cruelty, with forces and prophecies lurking within the crystal battlements, ready to ensnare the innocent and unwary. Caught up in an ancient war she never knew was being fought, Jes may be her people's only hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best!

  • By Mary Grace Shelton on 02-10-19

An engrossing fantasy read for teens and adults

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Companion of Darkness is an engrossing fantasy read that hooks the reader (or listener) and keeps them enthralled until the ending leaves them desperate for the next book in the series. This book would be appropriate for YA readers, though it may be to scary or gory (at least in one particular scene) for younger kids.

The narrator of the audiobook does a very good job bringing the book to life.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • Dark Sacred Night

  • A Ballard and Bosch Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,732

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So So

  • By Paul Beer on 11-16-18

A page turner of a mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

Dark Sacred Night is the work of a skilled crime novel author who seamlessly brings his newer police officer character together with his established old detective to create a page turner of a mystery. The story is full of twists and turns, with a fair amount of tragedy. There are no happily ever afters here.

The two narrators if the audiobook are both very good.

  • Alienated

  • By: Milo James Fowler
  • Narrated by: Craig Waletzko
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Alienated collects five dark speculative fiction stories: In "Insight", a sculptor is able to see beyond our reality, but can she control her insatiable desires? In "In His Eyes", on a farm in the distant future, an unwelcome visitor appears in the middle of a thunderstorm. Speech is the first sign of rebellion in a hive of highly evolved telepaths in "Reverie". In "Mo's", the only racism that exists in this alternate history is between humans and Greys. And a man is stalked by his horrifying double, and in the end, only one of them can survive in "Doppelgänger Mine".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cool collection of alien short stories

  • By John on 01-26-19

A cool collection of alien short stories

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

Alienated is a cool collection of short stories on an alien theme that, while complete on their own, left me wanting more. Any of these stories would be a terrific start for a book.

The narrator of the audiobook does a very good job.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

  • A Christmas Spark

  • Small Town Christmas, Book 3
  • By: D. Allen
  • Narrated by: Janet Rose
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

 

Tanya Bennett is still feeling the effects of her mental breakdown from last year after her parents died. She lost a lot of loved ones in a short period of time but most notably her son, who she can't see without supervision. With some help from her friends, she's back on the right track with a new job and volunteering with the school play her son's in. But a bad reputation is hard to overcome, and whether she can spend Christmas with her son hinges on how well her upcoming court date goes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A sweet Christmas story about love and redemption

  • By John on 01-22-19

A sweet Christmas story about love and redemption

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

A Christmas Spark is a sweet story about love and redemption and perhaps more importantly forgiving oneself. The heartwarming story features realistic, damaged characters and an engaging plot.

The narrator does a nice job bringing life to the story.

I received a complimentary copy of this audio book, This is my honest and voluntary review.

  • A Christmas Charade

  • Small Town Christmas, Book 2
  • By: D. Allen
  • Narrated by: Michele McNeal
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

 

Desperate to please her family who wants to see her settle down, Charlotte is looking for someone to bring home to pose as her boyfriend. She's steadily been working her way up to her dream job at a magazine in New York City. But her success goes unnoticed by her family, who are more focused on the newest additions than Charlotte's professional conquests.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A cute, fake boyfriend, contemporary, holiday romance

  • By John on 01-17-19

A cute, fake boyfriend, contemporary, holiday romance

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

A Christmas Charade is a cute, fake boyfriend, contemporary, holiday romance. The story is an engaging and quick paced with interesting characters, but there is not a lot of depth to it. It’s just a pleasant diversion.

The narrator of the audiobook does fine with the main character, but her male voice sounds somewhat robotic and some of her secondary characters sound annoyingly nasally. She is best when she sticks to her own voice.

  • Mouse's Tale

  • An Alpha League Supers Novel
  • By: Kevin Hardman
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Mouse - the mysterious man with the unassuming moniker (and the mentor of teen super Kid Sensation) - finally has his story told. Brilliant and gifted, Mouse is a mental whiz who fails utterly in his initial attempts to join a superhero team. With his dream ostensibly out of reach, he eventually ends up working at an electronics repair shop, toiling in relative obscurity but seemingly content and at peace with the hand fate has dealt to him. However, a surprise visit from the Alpha League - the world's premier team of superheroes - changes all of that in a heartbeat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Super Secret Origin of Mouse Revealed!!

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-15-18

A fun and exciting superhero story

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Mouse’s Tale is a fun and exciting prequel to the Kid Sensation superhero series. This book is aimed at a slightly older audience as there are a bunch of f bombs included in the story.

The narrator of the audiobook is very good.

I received a congratulatory copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

  • Ronin (The Last Reindeer): A Science Fiction Adventure

  • Claus Series, Book 6
  • By: Tony Bertauski
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

This is Ryder’s last stop. It’s a half million acre ranch and home to 40 teenagers. It’s also home to a famous and eccentric philanthropist with a peculiar obsession with the North Pole. His name is Billy “Big Game” Sinterklaas. But shortly after Ryder arrives, secret messages begin leading him to what’s really happening. Billy Big Game believes that Santa Claus is real. This is the year he proves it. He says there’s one Christmas story no one has ever heard, the legend of the biggest and baddest reindeer of them all, the one who leads the sleigh and protects the herd.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A strange and unique Holiday story

  • By John on 01-07-19

A strange and unique Holiday story

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

Ronin is not your average holiday story. The unusual story features a strange orphanage with its own reality TV show and an owner obsessed with tracking down Santa. It's all a bit twisted and unpredictable. The book is YA appropriate, but probably better suited for older kids, teens, and adults. This book is part of a series, but I have not read or listened to any of the other books yet.

The narrator of the audiobook has a clear strong voice, but I found his voice to be a little distracting at times.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.