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  • Vagabond Circus Series Boxed Set

  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Steve Barnes
  • Length: 24 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

When a stranger joins the cast of Vagabond Circus - a circus that is run by Dream Travelers and features real magic - mysterious events start happening. The once orderly grounds of the circus become riddled with hidden threats. And the ringmaster realizes not only are his circus and its magic at risk, but also his very life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved this

  • By Susi on 03-18-17

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I had read a few of Sarah Noffke’s books and enjoyed them immensely. The Vagabond Circus series, however, was the first I listened to.

The story had all the characteristics of a Noffke novel, great characters, fluid writing, and a ‘great scope for the imagination.’

In these books, you may to relate to one of the characters who is an empath. You will feel everything these characters feel. The story will draw you in and hold until the hopeful end.

Honestly, I think these books would translate wonderfully to the big screen.

As for the narrator, I was a little uncertain at first. His cadence and tone were quite different, but once the dialogue got rolling, I was enthralled. This guy is a vocal chameleon! So many voices contained in one human being. It was a little strange hearing his female voices, but since the narrator is male, I didn’t mind it. Every person he did had a unique voice.

My favorites were Finley (the voice of a self confident teenage boy to the note) and Night (sooooo creepy).

It was a great blending of talents between author and narrator!

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  • Under the Bleachers

  • A Novel
  • By: K.K. Allen
  • Narrated by: Wen Ross, Kai Kennicott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Fun and flirty Monica Stevens lives for chocolate, fashion, and boys...in that order. And she doesn't take life too seriously, especially when it comes to dating. When a night of innocent banter with Seattle's hottest NFL quarterback turns passionate, she fears that everything she once managed to protect will soon be destroyed. Seattle's most eligible bachelor, Zachary Ryan, is a workaholic by nature, an undercover entrepreneur, and passionate about the organizations he supports. He's also addicted to Monica.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, but I didn't love the heroine

  • By bookbruin on 03-25-18

Mmm chocolate and cake

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

First off, if you've read Up in the Treehouse, you should definitely read this one! If you haven't, still read it! It stands on it's own two feet just fine. I was blessed with an advanced copy, so I'll let you know my thoughts a bit early.

K.k. Allen's way of writing is different from any other. Even the apparent villains in her books have a reason for being the way they are (though not all are revealed to the reader) She has the ability to show the story from every angle, so that you can truly understand, and relate to each character.

I loved Monica in Treehouse, and I was thrilled to learn that she was getting some star treatment! She's a fun loving chicky, with so much to offer, and not a clue what she really wants from her life. This story follows her, past and present, as she stumbles, and is caught by Zack, a star quarterback.

Monica has some deep trust issues, so she scrambles away, every time she gains her footing, only to stumble again. She struggles to keep herself from getting hurt, and is less than successful, until she can learn to trust someone besides herself.

These characters are deeply human, and they act and react from the heart. You will laugh with them, you'll cry with them, and you'll find yourself with a strong craving for chocolate cake.

Audio: The voice talents for this book are amazing! Both are easy on the ears but the reader of Zack’s part had a particularly beautiful voice. They made this my absolute favorite audiobook!

  • Destined Hearts

  • A Stolen Melody Duet
  • By: K.K. Allen
  • Narrated by: Lynn Barrington, John Masterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Lyric Cassidy is off the tour, lost as to what her next career move will be, and certain that she'll never love again after Wolf. All because of a social media scandal that left her with no choice but to pack up and face the consequences. When she learns that the fate of her career is in her hands, she has a difficult decision to make. Step back on the tour bus with Wolf and deal with the mess she left behind, or end her contract early and lose her job at Perform Live?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done!

  • By Mommarachel1 on 03-11-18

Yes!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Book review: Destined Hearts, what shall I say? First off, I think Ms. Allen should write a romantic suspense/thriller, I think she would rock it! And that comment won't make any sense until you READ THIS BOOK!

This book returns to Lyric and Wolf as they try and reconcile the ending of Dangerous Hearts. These people throw themselves back in together. They have to figure out where they stand with each other once more and lay all their secrets out on the table, especially Lyric , who is still struggling her past.

As with the first volume in this duology, it is quite explicit in both language & bedroom content. (So not for the younger fans of Ms. Allen's Summer Solstice series!)

I love how Wolf and Lyric communicate. Yes, it takes a while for Lyric to get everything out, but she does it well before the end. Also have to mention Terese, everyone should have a friend like her in their lives, someone who will give it to them straight. Lastly, Crawley, such a creep (well done!) every time I read his dialogue, I heard Crawley from Supernatural in my head. (Now you try not to!)

As for the end, wow! Lyric is no damsel in distress, she's a kick-ass heroine! Way to go, Ms. Allen!

I received an advanced viewer copy (I also preordered the kindle version and NEED the paperback on my shelf!) I can't wait for another K.K. Allen novel!

Audio review: I loved it! I’d already heard the duo in Dangerous Hearts but the male reader dropped his ‘sad cat diary’ inflections and it was much smoother to my ears.

  • Dangerous Hearts

  • By: K.K. Allen
  • Narrated by: Lynn Barrington, John Masterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

His heart beats for the music. She's his favorite song. Lyric Cassidy knows a thing or two about bad boy rock stars with raspy vocals. In fact, her heart was just played by one. So when she takes an assignment as road manager for the world famous rock star, Wolf, she's prepared to take him on, full suit of heart-armor intact. Wolf is the sexy lead singer for the hottest rock band around with a line-up of guaranteed one night stands. Lyric Cassidy isn't one of them. That's fine with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVED.. LOVED.. LOVED EVERY SINGLE SECOND

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 01-13-18

❤️❤️❤️

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

I’d already read the novel, so I knew I loved it here’s my review for the actual novel:

As with all of KK Allen's work, Dangerous Hearts is pure poetry. It's much steamier than her other works (more so than I normally read) but the story line itself is true to her style. At the heart of the story is people. Broken people who somehow find a way to let the right person in.

This story deals with celebrity, and the cost it has in people's lives. Our culture is obsessed with them and we place them on pedestals, forgetting that they are human. They have their public faces, but we don't really know the 'real' them like we think. This book is a glimpse behind the curtain. We see how families are effected by their fame, specifically their children.

Wolf has chosen the life of celebrity he's a man with an earned reputation.

Lyric has chosen to hide her talents, to be a background support, until these unique individuals meet each other.

They have different outlooks on life and what they want from it, which leaves us with a cliffhanger of an ending. Lyric and Wolf were made for each other. But will they/won't they continue their lives at each other's sides? The next book is due out this summer, and I can't wait to find out!

Just some parting thoughts: Crowley... I don't like him, and I hope to see his comeuppance.

I want to see more of the band! And I want to see more of Lyric's parents. Come on Destined Hearts, I wanna know more!

And now for my review of the audio performance. They read smoothly and their voices complimented each other. They aren’t the voices I ‘heard’ in my head while reading, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment in the least. The only thing that stuck out to me was that the reader for Wolf’s chapters sounded a lot like the guy who narrates the ‘sad cat diaries’ on YouTube. It’s his voice inflection and timber I think. Again, this isn’t a bad thing at all, it just stuck in my mind!

Onto listening to Destined Hearts!

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  • Blood Bond

  • Dirty Blood Series, Book 3
  • By: Heather Hildenbrand
  • Narrated by: Kelly Pruner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Hybrids. If I had to choose one word to sum up all of my problems, this would be it. Without hybrids, I wouldn't have to watch my best friend slowly becoming a monster. Without hybrids, I could let go of the mentality of hunt or be hunted. CHAS wouldn't be scouring the Earth, intent on slaughtering and using Alex to do it. Without hybrids, I wouldn't have to be on guard that losing my temper meant losing my shape. There would be no monster inside me, struggling to get out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series is amazing!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-06-17

Love this series!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

I love the world Ms Hildenbrand build for the Dirty Blood series!

I read the first two, so this was the first one I listened to. At first, I found the narrator a bit forceful, but I soon got used to her style. Her different voice, particularly for the female characters, were amazing and diverse!

The story itself is pretty intense and while it only covers a short period of time, a lot happens.

It was great to revisit familiar characters and fun to meet new ones. It was also pretty cool to hear some of the science behind everything.

I can’t wait to listen to the last book!

  • Frenzy

  • The Frenzy Series, Book 1
  • By: Casey L. Bond
  • Narrated by: Amanda Billings
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

After the world was ravaged by a viral apocalypse, Blackwater is one of the only colonies that remains. The survivors came together to create this safe haven. Nestled between a fierce river and a city's flood wall, the well-being of its residents hangs on a long-established treaty with the night-walkers. Sounds simple enough, but lately, the people of Blackwater have been dying, and the humans believe the night-walkers are to blame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It left me hungry for more!

  • By Lynn 2 Girls and a Book on 08-01-17

Great story

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

Spectacular dystopian vampire book! Well written, well performed.

I listened to this while driving, and managed to miss a well known turn, because I was so into the story! You really feel the main character's pain, anguish, and fear.

There were a couple of moments that had a little muffle on the audio, but other than that, it was a beautiful performance. I'd definitely recommend this one!

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  • Up in the Treehouse

  • A New Adult Romance Novel
  • By: K.K. Allen
  • Narrated by: Anne James
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy. Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasy; sweet, tempting, and beautiful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story! I didn't want it to end!

  • By Ashleigh Wilson on 02-11-17

One of the Best Books of 2016

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Up in the Treehouse to be better than the print version?

I am, at heart, a lover of print, but I really enjoyed listening to this during car rides!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really love Gavin, he was easy to fall in love with. Also, Monica. I'd love to spend more time with her!

What about Anne James’s performance did you like?

She did a wonderful job giving each character a unique voice.

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

Yes. I sat in the car, quite a few times, to finish out a section of the story.

Any additional comments?

First off, I was really super excited to get my hands on an ARC of this book! I loved The Summer Solstice series, & the short story that Ms. Allen wrote, so I was already on board to read anything else she writes.

I'm just as in love with Chloe, Gavin, & all their friends, as am with their young adult predecessors. "Up in the Treehouse" is a departure from young adult fantasy, as it is a New Adult romance. (For those who don't know, New Adult is geared more towards twenty-somethings, with more adult themes, language, & situations)

I loved the relationship between the two main characters. It has that familiar "will they/won't they?" thing going on, but minus the frustration that I normally feel with book characters (where the writer just seems to be creating conflict for the heck of it, instead of furthering plots). These characters felt real. They make both good and bad decisions, in a very humanly relatable way. I saw bits of myself on those pages, bits of my own relationship, bits of people I know. Instead of making me want to toss the book in frustration, it made me think: What would I have done in those characters shoes?

Bravo, Ms. Allen, for making these characters so real.

I quite enjoyed the narrator, as well. She gave each character their own unique voice. Well done!

This book deals with bullying, portraying both the victims & the bullies themselves as human beings that have made choices that lead to what they were, & what they'd become.

As this is a NA, and NOT YA , there is a certain amount of language & sex (though it's not overly graphic)

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  • The Light Who Shines

  • Bluebell Kildare Series, Book 1
  • By: Lilo Abernathy
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 389

When Supernatural Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime, it's obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run; and she vows to catch the killer. Using her innate sixth sense, Blue uncovers a powerful magical artifact nearby. She soon discovers it acts as a key to an ancient Grimoire that was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely love this book!

  • By Emmi Kivimäki on 01-04-15

Love this book!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Light Who Shines to be better than the print version?



First off, I should say that this Audibles version of "The Light Who Shines" is my third copy. I first bought it in paper back, & read through it in a short time. I then bought the Kindle version through the app on my phone, both to support the author, & to have a more 'travel friendly' option. I bought the whispersync audible a day or two after it came out, then killed the rest of my data for the month downloading it (Wi-Fi wasn't cooperating, & I really wanted to listen). I love this books, it sucks you in from beginning to end, without reprieve. The writing has an easy flow, & the story has lots of twists and turns. I'm a fan of character driven writing, & the characters here are fantastic. Maude is my absolute favorite (I wish she were my neighbor) Blue is relatable & realistic. Jack is more than just 'eye candy.' & of course, one must love Varge the wolf, & wonder what the rest if his story is. Father O'Brennen is also a favorite. He is exactly what a Christian should be (whether or not you are one). The bad guys are easy to hate (perhaps too easy?). This book will be on my shelf forever, & I can't wait to see where the author takes the characters next (there is definitely more story to tell).

As for the Lilo Abernathy herself, I can't say enough good things about her. She's a very hard worker, promoting her work tirelessly with humble enthusiasm. She really cares about her readers (& listeners, as the case may be). She takes criticism with grace, just as well as the praise (you given your heart & soul to the public, & you're bound to get both). Definitely follow her in Twitter & Facebook!

As for the narration, I was blown away. Ms. Klett has so many voices inside of her, & each character gets one so unique, that you can tell who's speaking, without 'said so & so' following the dialogue. I hope she will be used throughout the rest of the series.

Note: "The Light Who Shines" is a book for adults. There is both language & sensuality, as well as graphic violent descriptions, so I would recommend headphones if children are present.

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