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  • Keeping Hope Alive

  • Whitley & Keal Mystery, Volume 4
  • By: Dawn Kopman Whidden
  • Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

A young couple taking a leisurely walk through the woods is shocked when the quiet, peaceful stroll ends as they come across what is without question a human skull. Two more bodies are uncovered nearby in shallow graves, but unlike the first, these murder victims have just met their demise. While detectives Jean and Marty search for answers, Marty’s fiancée, psychiatrist Dr. Hope Rubin, disappears, and her patient Brad claims he knows what happened. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keeping Hope Alive

  • By Donna Reynolds on 08-30-18

Good Mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

All in all it was a decent book. This is the first book I’ve listened to by Dawn Kopman Widden and so obviously the first one of this series but I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. Everything that you needed to know that pertained to this story was provided. Sometimes I felt like things were a little chaotic and maybe a little mixed up but it was a good mystery. It keeps you guessing and wasn’t the standard everything ends up being ok story; which I liked about the book. I am definitely curious about the other books in this series and will most likely listen to them. If you enjoy a good mystery that doesn’t follow the standard storyline that readers (or listeners) expect then this book is for you.

I was provided a free copy of this book at my request for my honest and unbiased review.

  • Tormented

  • By: Lee Mountford
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Adrian James is running from his past with nothing left to live for. At rock bottom, with a blade to his wrist, a mysterious stranger intervenes and offers him a chance at salvation. Adrian accepts, and he enters Arlington Asylum of his own free will. Once inside, however, he soon learns that he will never escape. And worse, there are strange experiments taking place here, and a secretive medicine is being administered, one that causes certain…changes…in the patients.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • American Horror Story Asylum meets HP Lovecraft

  • By Antonio Marchena-Roldan on 08-15-18

So Good!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Excellent horror story! Honestly I have to say this story was not what I was expecting it was better than I expected. For me horror stories are usually a hit or miss but this one was really good. It held my attention and there was so much detail when describing the “monster” mutation that patients were going through. It was so interesting and it definitely was not your average horror story. I liked the fact that it was a paranormal horror because that wasn’t what I was expecting. It caught me off guard but intrigued me too. I would recommend it if you’re looking for an out of the ordinary horror book that’s actually good.

I was provided a free copy of this book at my request for my honest and unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Finish Line

  • By: Leslie Scott
  • Narrated by: Giselle Lumas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Another night at the races is more than burnt rubber with a hit of nitrous. For one young woman, it's navigating trauma, love, and loss in the stifling Texas heat under the watchful gaze of her brother’s best friend and reigning King of the Streets, Jordan Slater. Home in Arkadia again, Raelynn Casey starts to heal from a terrible incident at college. She finds love in Jordan, a member of her brother’s circle of racing buddies. When another in the racing circle, the guy who took her to her high school prom, exposes his feelings for Raelynn, tragedy erupts like a tank of race fuel.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to like it

  • By Angela on 09-10-18

Racing and Love mix well

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

All in all the story was good. I thought there were some really intense scenes in the book. Some were sad, some were happy and some were just plain intense. You’ll experience a lot of feelings while listening to this book but that’s not always a bad thing. There is good amount of background provided about the main characters and it’s sweet that Raelynn and Jordan have loved each other for so long. Of course there is some angst in the book when someone tries to come between the main characters but they find a way through it and make out together. The narration was ok, not the best I’ve heard but defiantly not the worst. The racing scenes were enjoyable and very well described. If you like love stories and racing I’m sure you’ll like this one.
I was provided a free copy of this book at my request for my honest and unbiased review.

  • Fragile Facade

  • Blind Barriers Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Sophie Davis
  • Narrated by: Sarah Puckett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

When Raven Ferragamo finds a stranger’s diary, she has no idea it will catapult her into the mystery of diamond heiress Lark Kingsley’s disappearance. But Raven soon learns that Lark knew what was coming, and there was much more to her disappearance than the news headlines show. The more she discovers, the more Raven realizes that she and the girl born into Manhattan society aren’t so different after all. Now Raven can’t walk away from Lark’s pleas for help. But the deeper she goes, the more Raven realizes that she may end up ensnared in the dark secrets she seeks to unearth....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Raven!! Great Mystery

  • By Victoria Haugen on 08-20-18

A must Read/Listen!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Excellent story! I’m not usually a fan of books that flip between past and present because I feel that the story has to be written very well or it causes confusion. Davis nailed the writing of this story, I didn’t have a hard time following along and the switch between past and present went so smoothly. Raven and Lark’s stories were fascinating and the book grabbed and held my attention to the end. The narration was also done very well. There was nothing in the reading of the book that took away from the story. I would definitely listen to another on of Davis’s books or another narration done by Sarah Puckett. I highly recommend this book.

I was provided a free copy of this book at my request for my honest and unbiased review.

  • Hide My Heart

  • Love and Trouble
  • By: Rachelle Ayala
  • Narrated by: Tor Thom, Charley Ongel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Amber McKay ran away from home to find adventure. She found Hunter instead. Now Amber’s on the run again and this time she isn’t alone. Nate Riley has always had big dreams - leave home, marry, raise a family. Family responsibility stole those dreams. Will fate return them? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration!

  • By Just My Opinion on 07-12-18

Another Great Book!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Another great book by Rachelle that has a little bit of everything; love, loss, forgiveness and an HEA. Amber has had a rough couple of years and to make it even worse she’s found out her grandmother is dying. On the run from Hunter, an abusive man who locked her up shortly after she left home at 18, Amber needs to find a way back home to say goodbye to her grandmother while hiding from Hunter. To make matters even more difficult she has a newborn to take care of. Finding solace with her childhood crush Nate, Amber begins to heal while their relationship slowly evolves into more. Without giving away the whole story and since the books summary did a really good job at providing the main events that happen in the book I’ll just say this; it was a really good book. Rachelle’s books have never disappointed me yet so I would definitely recommend this one too! It’s a great story that has a good mix of everything which makes it easy to listen to and holds your attention throughout.

Both the narrators were great too! Neither one of them did anything to distract you from the story. The reading was smooth and flawless.

I was provided a free copy of this book at my request for my honest and unbiased review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Played by Love

  • By: Rachelle Ayala
  • Narrated by: Tor Thom, Charley Ongel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Soccer goalkeeper Jaden Sloup has his eye on Ella Kennedy, a woman who won’t date jocks or frat boys. He dons a pair of nerd glasses and hugs a laptop to convince her he’s a techno geek, and she agrees to go to with him to a cosplay convention in Las Vegas, where his team’s playoff game happens to be. Jaden must juggle sizzling in the sheets with Ella against a soccer match and hanging with his frat-brother teammates. When a bully harasses Ella and challenges Jaden to a fight, he proves even a goalie can score.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ROMCOM

  • By Jennifer K. on 07-27-18

Fun & Flirty Story

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

As usual this book was great. I’ve listened to numerous books by Rachelle Ayala and they’re always good. This is a fun and fast college love story. Ella is a dancer and by all accounts a pretty popular girl so she sees how jocks and frat boys go through girls like they’re nothing; which is why she doesn’t date that kind of guy. Jaden is a soccer star and frat boy but he wants a chance with Ella so he convinces his frat brother’s girlfriend to introduce them. He’s even gone as far as renting out his room at the fraternity so he can live in the dorms for a while to convince Ella that’s he the tech nerd she wants him to be. The only problem is she catches on to who he really is and he doesn’t even know it. This is a really great short story that holds your attention from the start and keeps it until the end. Since it’s not that long of a book I obviously listened to it all at once but I found myself wishing the book was longer. If you’re looking for a fun, cute romance book I definitely recommend this one.

Both the narrators were great too! Neither one of them did anything to distract you from the story. The reading was smooth and flawless.

I was provided a free copy of this book at my request for my honest and unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Focus: Vega & Middleton Novel

  • By: Sue Hinkin
  • Narrated by: Sandra Murphy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

When Los Angeles news photographer Lucy Vega's uncle, a formidable Hispanic businessman, is killed in a car accident in Malibu during a violent storm, Lucy and reporter-colleague Beatrice Middleton are out to prove murder. Lucy discovers secret underworld involvement by Mexican cartel members, and bent on finding answers, she travels to Mexico, where she meets a handsome, but burned out, CNN war correspondent. Trailing the cartel deep into their own territory, they soon find that corruption and brutality are rampant, and Lucy must risk all to find the truth behind her uncle's murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT SUSPENSEFUL MYSTERY!

  • By Victoria Haugen on 08-12-18

Decent Mystery

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I’d say this was a pretty good book. In my opinion the story started out a little slow, it seemed to crawl along for a while and I had a hard time staying engaged because I like fast paced, high action mysteries. I know it was a longer book and that the author was just building in a lot of background for the story which is a good thing but I’m the kind of person that needs a fast paced story in order to hold my attention. I thought the main female character; Lucy was a bit annoying at times. In the beginning I think she was supposed to come off as a strong take charge kind of person but the things she said and did came off differently to me.
The book does pick up once Lucy discovers that her uncle’s accident probably wasn’t an accident at all. She takes off to Mexico and is determined to find out why her Uncle was a target. Given what happened to her family when she was younger it didn’t surprise me that she had a whole lot of drive and motivation to solve the mystery.
This is the first book I’ve listened to by this author and narrator. The narration was good. It was pretty smooth and there were no distracting things that the narrator did to take away from the story so in my opinion that’s really good. I’m not sure if I’ll continue to follow this series but just because it wasn’t exactly my cup of tea doesn’t mean it won’t be yours. I’m giving this book a 4 star review because I know people who like to listen to slow building mysteries like this one. The story was good and it had a lot of things going on that laid the foundation for why Lucy’s uncle was killed but for some reason it just wasn’t my kind of story, but it might by yours!

I was provided a free copy of this book at my request for honest and unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Great Party! Sorry About the Murder! (A Milo Rathkey Mystery)

  • By: D.B. Elrogg
  • Narrated by: Tom Lennon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Real estate magnet James Bonner is murdered in his office after his New Year's Eve Party. The widow has a long-standing grudge. The son has gambling debts, and a couple of low life thugs are hanging around. Why? Is it the kid's gambling debt or something more sinister? One-time cop turned private eye Milo Rathkey just had his life turned upside down. That's why he was invited to the party. That's why he talked with the soon to be corpse. And that's why the cops want him in on the investigation. Mary Alice it was a great party...sorry about the murder. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, fun book!

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 06-06-18

Great Mystery Story!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This was an excellent book. It had a great mix of mystery, twists and turns, and characters. Unlike some murder mysteries the story kept moving along. While listening to the book, I didn’t feel like there were any parts that were dragging along. The writing was creative and pulled away from some of the “standard” murder mystery books but it also didn’t seem like it was so out of there that it was unbelievable. I enjoy stories that don’t follow the norm and this was one of them. Milo was a good strong character and seemed the perfect kind of character you’d expect in a book like this.

The narrator was great too! He didn’t do anything that distracted or took away from the story. The audio was nice and smooth making it a great book to listen to.

I was provided a free copy of this book at my request for honest and unbiased review.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Sick House

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

It doesn't seem like the perfect house, but screw it, it's good enough to rent for a year. Unfortunately for Boyd, Adeline, and their two young daughters, it's immediately clear they chose the wrong place. The nightmare begins with violent coughs and headaches. Food starts to rot almost as soon as they take it inside. A pet tarantula goes missing. Some family members begin to exhibit creepy behavior. Then the ghosts arrive, and all hell breaks loose....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Deliciously dark!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-06-18

Excellent Haunting!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

This was an excellent book. The story was intriguing, engaging and kept moving. It definitely held my attention. There were some flashback parts but they were done so well that there was no confusion between past and present. I find that sometimes flashbacks, if written in wrong, can cause confusion and take away from the story. Not this one, they were done perfectly. I didn’t think there were any “slow moving” parts either. The story flowed along very well and at a decent pace, making it interesting and easy to listen to. I thought that the narration was done very well too. It was a good horror story that had some unexpected twists and turns but I didn’t think they were bad ones; they added to the story and actually made it better than the standard haunted house book.

I was provided a free copy of this book at my request for honest and unbiased review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Exposed

  • The Aspen Lake Series
  • By: Karyn Good
  • Narrated by: Stacey Melotte
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Kate Logan needs a safe haven, a place to start over after her modeling career disintegrates in scandal. But her hometown of Aspen Lake isn’t the sanctuary she hoped. Her life is disrupted by a break-in and other strange happenings at her boutique. Kate is up to her stilettos in drama and intrigue including one sexy carpenter who’s determined to get in her way. Seth Stone is seeking inspiration and solitude to concentrate on his art. Short on funds, he agrees to take on a job restoring the damage to Kate’s Closet. Trouble erupts along with the desire to get to know Kate better. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Romantic Suspense Novel.

  • By cosmitron on 06-08-18

Worth the Listen!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

This is the first book that I've listened to by Karyn Good. The book was engaging, exciting and held my attention. It had the perfect mix of romance and suspense. The story kept moving along at a good pace and never dragged too long on any certain part. There was a good mix of characters and background info on them which made you feel like you knew them. Kate and Seth had great chemistry and fit together well. I liked that Kate was strong and wanted to handle her own problems and even though she had personal demons she was dealing with from her past she never let them drag her back down. It was important to her to face her problems and her past and move through them. The narrator also did an excellent job, she was smooth and I didn't notice anything that she did that might have taken away from the story. Great book and great listen!

I was provided a free copy of this book at my request for my honest and unbiased review.