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  • Tales of Telenia: Journey

  • By: Lorraine Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Life takes an unexpected turn when Prince Paxdon bans Amanda Shelton from Telenia's Summer Palace, but that's just the first step in an incredible journey that has her leading the province's oppressed women into a life of self-sufficiency. The threat of war remains, and others are watching her every move as Amanda leaves the safety and security of the rural north and ventures to the capital city where she faces peril and life altering decisions. Will her future be a life of luxury or despair?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Execellent!

  • By sonnysmom on 01-29-18

Execellent!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

What made the experience of listening to Tales of Telenia: Journey the most enjoyable?

Having Steven Barnett bring the characters to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Amanda, I love her strength and determination.

Which scene was your favorite?

Amanda teaching the poor women to sew so that they can earn money.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, was hard to stop once I started. I got swept back into Telenia.

Any additional comments?

This is the second book in this amazing series by Lorraine Bartlett. I totally enjoyed listening to it.

  • Happy Holidays?

  • By: L.L. Bartlett, Lorraine Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

The best thing about the holiday season is spending time with family. At the same time, sometimes the worst thing about the holiday season is spending time with family. The stories in this collection touch on that and more as Mandy Nichols, Jeff Resnick, and Judi Straub struggle through what's supposed to be the joyous season. One family contemplates murder; another wants to end what they see as a bad relationship, while another can only see their loved one for what she can do for them. Sound familiar? Happy Holidays? puts the Christmas fun into dysfunction! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Holiday Stories

  • By sonnysmom on 01-09-18

Excellent Holiday Stories

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

What does Steven Barnett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brought the characters to life much more as I listened.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Jeff going to meet Maggie's family for Christmas.

Also Uncle Albert at the end of the story.

Any additional comments?

I loved each story as I listened. Stories of hopes and dreams, promises of a happy life and family good and bad during the holiday season.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shattered Spirits

  • The Jeff Resnick Mysteries, Book 7
  • By: L.L. Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

While riding his new racing bike, Jeff is hit by an SUV - an accident which has a cascade effect on his life. He loses his job to a replacement, his girlfriend pressures him to move in, his bank accounts are hacked, and a restless spirit begs for his help - all in less than a week. But it's soon apparent that his so-called random accident is anything but, and the murder of a close friend has a hobbled Jeff on the run. Can he discover who's out to destroy his life - and threaten those he loves most?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By sonnysmom on 08-01-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

If you could sum up Shattered Spirits in three words, what would they be?

Accident, Tombstones, Independence

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shattered Spirits?

Jeff's visions of tombstones

Which character – as performed by Steven Barnett – was your favorite?

Jeff Resnick

Any additional comments?

Another wonderful story and great narration by Steven Barnett.

  • A Killer Retreat: A Downward Dog Mystery #2

  • By: Tracy Weber
  • Narrated by: Anne James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Yogi Kate must clear her name of murder in this charming yoga mystery.

When Kate Davidson gets an offer to teach yoga classes to wedding guests at the Elysian Springs resort, she jumps at the opportunity, even though it means being forced to endure the wedding ceremony of the center's two caretakers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Downward Dog

  • By Neesie315 on 12-05-17

Fun Story

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

What did you love best about A Killer Retreat: A Downward Dog Mystery #2?


This is a fun cozy and a great series. The narration is very good. Even though I had read the book listening to it brought more life to the story. I love Kate and the chaos that follows her.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Kate and Michael are taking the boat over to the resort.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy from the author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder Strikes a Pose

  • A Downward Dog Mystery
  • By: Tracy Weber
  • Narrated by: Anne James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Seattle yoga instructor Kate Davidson often acts more like a champion fighting rooster than the Dalai Lama. When she's not teaching yoga, she spends her time hiding from her creepy landlord and dodging her best friend's relentless matchmaking attempts. Even though her father was a cop, Kate has zero crime fighting aspirations. She has enough trouble keeping her struggling yoga business afloat while trying to live up to yoga's Zen-like expectations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's about love, dogs, and murder!

  • By Jan on 12-05-16

Kate, Bella and Yoga

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder Strikes a Pose?

When Kate met Bella, a dog who is a challenge and deserves a happy life.

Have you listened to any of Anne James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never listened to her before. This was very enjoyable to listen to.

Any additional comments?

I love this series and listening to the book narrated by Anne James just helped to bring the characters to life more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Love & Murder

  • By: Lorraine Bartlett, L.L. Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Anna Riley, Steven Barnett
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Love & Murder, a bargain-priced bundle of stories by New York Times best-selling author Lorraine Bartlett (and her alter ego L.L. Bartlett) explores the highs and lows of love and humanity. Each free-standing, complete story explores a different theme representative of the author's style.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love and Murder

  • By Denise N on 08-29-16

Love and Murder

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! Listening to the stories brings the characters to life and makes the story so much more real.

Which scene was your favorite?

Loved all the short stories in this collection as they are touching in different ways. Bringing love to those who need it in good and bad situations.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Each story moved me in a different way.

Any additional comments?

Love books written by Lorraine Bartlett and the narrators Steven Barnett and Anna Riley are great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on the Mind

  • The Jeff Resnick Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: L.L. Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Jeff Resnick hardly knew his well-heeled half-brother. But after suffering a fractured skull in a vicious mugging, he reluctantly accepts the fact that he has a long and brutal recovery to face - and his closest of kin can provide him with the time and place to do it. Now, Jeff is haunted by unexplained visions of a heinous crime - a banker, stalked, killed, and eviscerated like a 10-point buck. When Matt Sumner's murder is discovered, a still-recovering Jeff realizes this was what he had seen. Jeff must not only convince himself of his new-found psychic ability, but also his skeptical brother, Richard Alpert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder On The Mind

  • By Denise N on 12-11-15

Psychic

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

Reviewed: 12-27-15

If you could sum up Murder on the Mind in three words, what would they be?

Psychic
Brain damage

Have you listened to any of Steven Barnett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes
I really enjoyed the audio. Steven Barnett really bring the characters to life and the relationship between Jeff and Richard.

Any additional comments?

This story is well written with believable characters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Christmas Catalog

  • By: Barbara Morgenroth
  • Narrated by: Kristyl Dawn Tift
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Her dream came true and ruined everything. Emily Benoit left her small ranching community in Idaho to become the art director for a large New York City department store. In the process she broke her heart, as well as Devlin Camp's, the love of her life. Emily's back for Christmas and there are no tidings of comfort and joy from Devlin because he can't begin to forgive her. Besides, he's gotten married. Emily knows too well what she gave up but getting it back is impossible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas treat in the summer!

  • By J and M on 08-24-15

Love Returns

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

What made the experience of listening to The Christmas Catalog the most enjoyable?

Put me in Idaho to be able to picture the scenery and all that was going on in the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Emily for wanting to see what was outside of the life she knew

Have you listened to any of Kristyl Dawn Tift’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time

Any additional comments?

The narrator keeps you in the story.
Wonderfully written story by Barbara Morgenroth.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jingles All the Way

  • A Christmas Tail
  • By: Barbara Morgenroth
  • Narrated by: Jane M. Held
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Jingles is a dog on the lam. He's met the perfect person and wants to stay with her forever, but his former owners have millions of reasons why that's impossible. After escaping from uncaring owners, Jingles discovers canine paradise with Sassy Collins and her Eat Dog Eat Gourmet Take-Out Dog Dinner Shop. Sassy is easy to love, and Jingles falls hard for her. So does the town police officer, Ethan Monroe. But Jingles is carrying a secret that could destroy their happy family before it even begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jingles Will Get You in the Christmas Spirit

  • By Scott Bennett on 12-20-15

Fun Family Story

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

Would you listen to Jingles All the Way again? Why?

yes, good story for a family to listen to together

Which scene was your favorite?

Being in the shop with all the treats that Jingles sees for the first time

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me laugh

Any additional comments?

Well written story by Barbara Morgenroth

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Walled Flower

  • Victoria Square Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Lorraine Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

If Katie Bonner's late husband hadn't invested all their savings in the craft fair Artisans Alley - which Katie is now responsible for keeping in the black - the Webster mansion could have been hers to remodel. For years she dreamed of renovating the old place on Victoria Square into a bed and breakfast. Now that dream belongs to another young couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT Author, GOOD Narrator

  • By P. Priest on 04-02-15

Excellent and Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

If you could sum up The Walled Flower in three words, what would they be?

Friends
Mystery
Crafts

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Walled Flower?

When Katie finds out a couple has bought the Webster Mansion. that was her dream.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Katie trying to help her friend Rose find closure in the murder of her niece.

Any additional comments?

Lorraine Bartlett is an excellent writer and listening to her books brings them more to life.