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  • After Ray: Book 3 of the Until Ray trilogy

  • By: Cheryl Robinson
  • Narrated by: Cheryl Robinson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Meet the new Sarita Saint. Everyone changes in three decades, but Sarita’s not at all the same woman that her husband of only one year abandoned. Ray’s back and eager to start over with Sarita; however, her transformation is long since complete. But one thing hasn’t changed: her need for closure about their brief, failed marriage. Ray Saint is the only person who can give that to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-29-18

Good ending to a series!

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

Title: After Ray Audible Audio book – Unabridged
Author: Cheryl Robinson & Narrator
Publisher: Rose Colored Books
Series: Until Ray Trilogy Audio
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"After Ray Book 3" by Cheryl Robinson

My Thoughts....

I found this last series quite a interesting one where we now find Ray is now trying to get Sarita Saint back. We have come from Book One, 'Until Ray,' then Book Two, 'Ex-Ray' and now 'After Ray' Book Three where Sarita is wanting answers from Ray into why he left her on their anniversary in the first place. As I sat and listened to this author's very well done narration of this story I kept wondering why it was so important for Sarita to know the reasons why Ray left her and will Ray be willing to share the truth to why he left? The story will take on some twist and turns that brought in the death of Sarita's parents of how much she missed her mother and even though she had sisters she wasn't close to them. After the death of her best friend Sharon her only close friend was Boone Sawyer and now he was her lover. Now there will be a lots going on that you will have to read or listen to this story to fully understand how we get to the end. Will Ray be able to give Sarita the answers that she needs so that she would finally get the closure she wanted? I will say that Sarita did get on my nerves at times in the way she dealt with what was in front of her but in realizing she really didn't have anyone to talk to except Boone and naturally he wasn't for a lots of what was going on in her mind especially when it came to Ray. I was sorry to see how that friendship ended for Ray and Boone but again not surprise. It was interesting in how I could see the light finally come on for Ray in knowing that Sarita wasn't well...I will stop here and say you will just have to pick up this good audio read to see how well this author brings it out so well to the reader. My favorite part was at the end when Sarita was going through Ray's phone and finally she gets the closure she needed. The only thing I would say about the ending would be I wished there had been a epilogue. I would have loved to know what happened a year later.

This was a beautiful story that wasn't always happiness at times but definitely having some moments with 'family, heartbreaks and love.' Thank you to the author for the audio read and my giving my honest opinion of the read.


  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 61,331
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55,519
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 55,283

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm so sad it's over!!

  • By Erin on 05-19-16

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

I will start this final book review by saying again that Jim Dale has given an excellent presentation of this book series and all of the characters a personality that drew you into listening to every detail possible from chapter to chapter.
The three main characters have decided to surrender all of their energy to a quest to find horcruxes to concur the rising evil led by Voldemort and his band of Death Eaters. They worked with very little clues and their natural smarts to carve out a path to destroy those items containing a portion of the soul of Tom Riddle. It was not easy and the sacrifice was great, even to the point of seeing their love ones, close friends and innocent muggles and people from the wizarding world harmed or even killed. The many days of wondering and deciphering the stories and information was not an easy task while being hunted and avoiding curses, traps and spells set for them by unknowns. The attention to detail and the ability to stay committed to a goal even when they challenged each other was also difficult. There were characters that received more attention in this book and that you may have thought incidental but had a great impact on Harry’s ability to complete his task. You will be surprised as you read their impact.
Voldemort’s knowledge and trickery were always in the forefront of keeping themselves safe, but as it causes others to fail, it also caused others to strengthen and join in the quest to defeat the movement by the death eaters. Various forms of communications channels were established and being on guard was absolutely essential. Voldemort was singularly focused on the elder wand, but there was more to the importance of the Deathly Hallows than just the wand.
The story becomes clearer as the lineage of Voldemort, Dumbledore and Harry is exposed and the importance of how to use the items of interest in the story of the Peverell family. The realization of and the view into the thoughts and needs Voldemort and the reason Harry were on the same path was key. The meaning of” Neither one could live without the other”, was finally given its true explanation.
The final battle scene and the revelations prior to the vanquishing of “He Who Must Not Be Named” was so revealing and well done. The defeat of Bellatrix by Mrs. Weasley was especially a highlight. I was more excited from about the middle part of the book, because it was making clear so many unanswered questions that had held our attention for so long in the series. I would highly recommend this series and for me, I really read the book twice before writing this review. I did not want to miss the details or explanation of the little questions that sometimes bug you when reaching the conclusions of this wonder story.
Again, Jim Dale’s descriptive reading of this book was oh so wonderful and it kept you wanting more and more. In my case, I just decided I would listen to it again.




  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33,785
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,100
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,038

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Narration Continues

  • By Gina on 05-13-16

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Book 6

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

I continue to compare the books with the movie and again, it is a much more detailed and exciting adventure in the book. The audible narrator continues to make the listening experience worth it all. The story continues to provide an exciting plot leaving you wanting more and more. I could not believe I listened to the book a second time just because it was such a great presentation.
This book begins to further explain many of the unanswered questions and storylines in more details. There are plenty of actions and fights that help generate a greater understanding of the activity of those characters that had sub-stories associated with their lives. The fact that now more understanding is given and more bravery by those you may have had some doubt of how their part in the story would be compiled into flow of the storyline. Also, those things you may have wondered about are answered about the backgrounds of characters like Voldemort and professor Snape.
Unanswered questions of communications with muggles, spell usage, controls, etc. and the abilities that were use due special training for good and bad reasons.
The path was set for the next book with some understanding, but something is missing and that creates the journey to be taken in the future.
Finally, getting to the meaning of the “Half-Blood Prince” is disclosed. It also has laid out a few objectives and guidance for a set path for the future journeys to be taken by Harry, Ron and Hermione.
Now on to the next book in the series “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”
Ilene Prince and Tiberius Snape – parents of professor Snape __hint _hint!

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 27 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,498
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,567
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,500

Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book You'll Read This Year

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-22-15

Wonderful Read!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

This book answers a number of questions and gives insight into presumptions made in this entire series. It opens the mind for others to see the reasonings used by each character and the choices and decisions for how they view their life experiences. This book goes to some dark places, and it opens up the understanding of issues we have only had speculations. You get a view into the powers Voldemort has and the things he can do. Things happened to Harry and company for some unknown special purpose. The power of survival and the power mind control is strong, but so is the will to fight against it. It was a deeper look into the history of some characters that truly shines light onto their lives and the meaning they put into this storyline. This clear definition for these characters shows the bond that binds their coexistence and contribution to make this book series more thrilling and leaves you wanting more chapters. The answer to the feeling of why someone have to be better than the next, right versus wrong and who should or should not exist, continues. What a pity? To me, this book is an eyeopener and it answers so many questions and opens so many roads to understanding the why behind a lot of mystery, except why people are so mean to each other.
I continue to compare the books with the movie and again, it is a much more detailed and exciting adventure in the book. The audible narrator continues to make the listening experience worth it all. I could not believe I listened to the book a second time just because it was such a great presentation. Now on to the next book in the series.

  • Eidolon

  • Wraith Kings, Book 2
  • By: Grace Draven
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676

In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis unleashes a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by a diseased darkness. His human wife Ildiko must decide if she will give up the man she loves in order to save his throne. Three kingdoms on the verge of war must unite to save each other, and a one-eyed, reluctant king will raise an army of the dead to challenge an army of the damned. A tale of alliance and sacrifice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DOES LOVE ALWAYS TRIUMPH?

  • By Vicki on 09-09-16

Exciting Book 2

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Title: Eidolon
Author: Grace Draven
Publisher: G. D.
Series: Wraith Kings, Book 2
Narrator: Grace Draven
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Eidolon" by Grace Draven

My Synopsis....

I really liked this sequel that continued on featuring Brishen, Ildiko, Anhuset and a some more characters [Wraith Kings] with their own personalities that will keep you turning the pages with this author giving the reader a well developed written tale about the world of the Kai. The story did indeed keep me enthralled as the reader will see what Brishen does in order to try to save his people that could possibly cost him his life. Be ready for a story that will have a little bit of it all which features a "world ending struggle, ongoing tale of romance, emotional rollercoaster, magic, fantasy, loyalty, sacrifice, friendship and honor. along with suspense, political intrigue and the impossible mission to save the world." I will say you really should listen the first 'Wraith Kings, book 1 in Radiance" to truly enjoy this fabulous second book 2 "Eidolon" that will give the reader a captivating read at its fullest in tragedy and triumph.

In the end the reader gets one awesome fantastic read filled with romance, action and intrigue that will leave you wanting more of the 'Wraith Kings Series.'

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  • Radiance

  • Wraith Kings, Volume 1
  • By: Grace Draven
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655

Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected and awesome surprise!!!!

  • By Sharon on 06-17-15

A Very Good Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Title: Radiance
Author: Grace Draven
Narrated by Gabrielle Baker
Series: Wraith Kings Book 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Radiance" by Grace Draven

My Synopsis from the narration...

What a riveting, good series, fantastic delivered fantasy/paranormal read, amazing beautiful love story, wonderful unique romance, magical, well told story, definitely can be compared to 'The Beauty & the Beast kind of story,' arranged marriage, and in the end one awesomeness entertaining well written read that you will find hard to put down. So, to get it all you will have to pick up the good read to see for yourself how well this author presents it so well to her readers.

I will say this author Grace Draven knows how to give her readers delicious stories being so very exquisite almost with a deft of magic.

An arranged marriage.
An alliance between two kingdoms.
Arranged marriages were the fate of nearly all aristocratic Gauri women, each one made for power, for trade, for good of country.

Ildiko.
A young Gauri royal member set of to become a wife to a KAI prince. She's become a duchess, a Kai hercegese. BUT her position as a spare will remain the same.

Brishen
A KAI Prince, a younger son.
He never imagined an arranged marriage with a human woman to seal a war and trade alliance between Bast-Hardis and Gaur.

What started off as an obligation - where both parties find the other hideous and ugly,
The physical differences between human and Kai were obvious and in some ways, extreme...her acceptance helped her look beyond his startling appearance to the man himself. She'd held tight to that philosophy: see past the surface to the tides below."
The characters are simply off the chain...well developed, defined, portrayed and so very believable that will draw the audience in as these two main characters learn to see the beauty in one another day by day. Now, even those this is somewhat a romantic read but be prepared because there is so much going on [from a little bit of it all...'with the fantasy elements being so unique and intriguing, sensual love scenes, romance, action political intrigueness [machinations, assassination attempts, ancient magics], strange food[from both sides] and let me not leave out that evil person' that will have you shaking your head] so, you will have to keep up with it all. I loved how this author presented scenes showing their physical and cultural differences. I must say I enjoyed the two main characters [Brishen & Ildiko] bantering...with some of it was so very funny that it had me laughing out loud!

example....

"You find me ugly, don't you?"
"Hideous. A hag of a woman. And you? You don't think me a handsome man?"
"Had you crawled out from under my bed when I was a child, I would have bludgeoned you to death with my father's mace."

*falls over laughing*

And also so lovingly....

“Woman of the day,” he said slowly. ” You mean everything to me.”

Oh Breshin.

So, if you are looking for a wonderful unique fantasy phenomenal romance with a little bit of magic with quarreling kingdoms also with a little bit of a cliffhanger that will take the reader into the next series "Eidolon: Wraith Kings, Book 2" then I would definitely recommend "Radiance" to you as a excellent read to listen to.








  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 39,536
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36,264
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 36,187

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons, and dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best of a Brilliant Series

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-21-15

One Of The Best Reads Ever!

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17



This book answers so many of the mystery questions that go unanswered in the movies. The book is so much more detailed and creates a more exciting story. It leaves you wanting to know the answers to more and more of each character that appears. It detailly answered the questions about the origin of “He Who Must Not Be Named”, the house elves and giants, etc., etc. It was good to hear about the house elves and how they played a very important and vital part throughout the story. The book also address the relationship of the wizardry and non-muggle worlds. The characters and animals experienced here were amazing and effectively woven into the story to make everything big and exciting.

I think there was a dramatically different story in the book versus the movie. Although some characters in the book never made it to the movie or any reference to them, in some areas. The story was so detailed that I re-listened to it several times to make sure I did not miss anything. Understanding how Voldemort existed through the years was an unknown until this book. Like I said earlier, so many questions were answered in this book of the series.

Again, the narrator gave each character its own personality, a very fine job, indeed.

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,203
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,829
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37,787

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim Dale at his best

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-12-16

The Best Narration Ever!

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

By far, the best narration ever of the series. The many characters again had their own distinctive voices by Jim Dale. He really makes listening exciting and it is hard to pause the story, because of your other obligations. However, returning to the story is even more exciting because there is so much adventure in it.
This book broadens Harry’s resolve and test the bonds of friendship with a growing and happy resolve. It is nice to see how independence, sincerity, honesty, commitment, loyalty, friendship, intelligence and resolve will get you. It is comforting to live in a world where you can live and be with others that help create an environment where those qualities stand tall.

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,320
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,481
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41,434

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Of all the trees, we get one that hits back!

  • By Andrew on 11-20-17

Great Story!

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

Jim Dale does a great job with this book. He makes these characters and their personalities come alive. He is a great story teller or at least that what it seems like when he reads this book. When he reads, it sounds like he is telling a story. He gives each person their own distinctive voice and it is so exciting to hear the characters interact with each other. It makes you feel like you are in the room listening and you can imagine their next thought or action. He leaves you wanting to hear more.
I like the background of this story because it creates the connection and the definition of search for more information by Harry about himself and the unanswered. He continues to learn reasons for using the magic and his power that he has not taped from finding out he is a natural born wizard. Although he is alone he knows that someone is looking out for him and guiding him through this unknown phase of his life. He discovers the meaning of being his chosen house and the friends he has at Hogwarts.

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  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 65,866
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59,774
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 59,762

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Sad, Sad Confession…

  • By Mike L Lane on 08-08-17

The Story Simply Comes Alive!

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

Narration by Jim Dale was excellent. He made the characters come alive and his voice inflections, as he switched from character to character, helped you to envision the activities in story.
The book was more detailed per character and it provided more insight into the childhood world of Harry Potter than I imagined. It was more interesting in comparison to the movie version. It provided more background into each character that you could actually feel their individual personalities. It was a very good read and an enjoyable beginning to the series. I am looking forward to the additional books and watching the story expand as they grow-up at Hogwarts.

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