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  • Summoned to Thirteenth Grave

  • Charley Davidson, Book 13
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity - which is the appropriate amount of time to make a person stark-raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad goodbye!

  • By belinda brown on 01-19-19

Great Series!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I loved each and every book of this 13 book series and am sorry to see the end of Charlie Davidson. Darynda Jones is a great writer who has created realistic, lovable characters that you can visualize in your mind easily. I would highly recommend anyone who loves a good "read" to listen to all of these books!

  • Cat Trick

  • A Magical Cats Mystery
  • By: Sofie Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Kathleen Paulson enjoys her life as a small-town librarian with two extraordinary cats, Owen and Hercules, who provide companionship during the quiet times and have a remarkable talent for sleuthing when murder disturbs the peace....The local businesses of Mayville Heights hope to convince Chicago-based company Legacy Tours to sell a vacation package for their town. Legacy Tours partner Mike Glazer grew up in Mayville Heights, but he’s no longer the small-town boy people once knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Going soft in my old age

  • By Ethel on 01-16-18

This is my favorite book yet! Great interaction!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Owen and Hercules help Kathleen solve yet another murder with their intelligence and sly sleuthing. Kathleen herself is quite a good investigator, always seemingly a step behind Marcus Gordon. I love how those two interact, trying so hard not to show their intense attraction. Another great one for the online bookshelf!

  • Copycat Killing

  • A Magical Cats Mystery
  • By: Sofie Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

It's been raining cats and dogs in Mayville Heights. The small town's been deluged, and now the local artists' co-op is on the verge of flooding. Kathleen has been up all night helping her friends move their creations to the safety of the upstairs studio.

The artwork survives, but when controversial mask maker Jaeger Merrill is found drowned in the co-op basement, Kathleen questions whether the death was accidental. After she discovers the artist was using an assumed name, she realizes she can't actually assume anything about him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The crazy cat lady does it again

  • By Beatrice on 06-24-14

Entertaining & hilarious. I LOVE the cats!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Sofie Kelly did it again. This book continues the story of Kathleen Paulsen and her two magical cats, Owen and Hercules, who definitely steal the show. It's wonderful the way she wraps these little bundles of fur into the story, making them feel like people instead of animals. They add so much to this series.

  • Sixth Grave on the Edge

  • Charley Davidson, Book 6
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,597
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,334

Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This book could change EVERYTHING!

  • By RabidReads on 05-21-14

Sixth in the "must read" series, excellent!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I enjoyed this book as much as the others. The storyline is definitely picking up pace and grabbing my interest.

  • Caught Dead Handed

  • Witch City Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Carol J. Perry
  • Narrated by: C.S.E Cooney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 316

Most folks associate the city of Salem, Massachusetts, with witches, but for Lee Barrett it's home. This October she's returned to her hometown - where her beloved Aunt Ibby still lives - to interview for a job as a reporter at WICH-TV. But the only opening is for a call-in psychic to host the late-night horror movies. It seems the previous host, Ariel Constellation, never saw her own murder coming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good light whodunnit

  • By Margaret on 07-05-15

Great, compelling book

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

This was the first time I had listened to a book by this author and narrator and I was very satisfied. It flowed very easily, had a compelling and believable storyline, with interesting and colorful characters. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

  • By Familiar Means

  • A Witch's Cat Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Delia James
  • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

When Annabelle's hired to paint the murals for a new coffee house, it seems like a wish come true. But then a series of spooky sounds and strange happenings convince the owners that their new shop is haunted. They want Anna and her coven to evict the restless spirit before the grand opening. When her search reveals hidden smugglers' tunnels beneath the shop - and a dead body - Annabelle, Alastair, and the coven suddenly find themselves in a cat-and-mouse game with a killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great expansion of this world.

  • By Kittie LaChatte on 01-11-18

Great Story!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

I loved this book. I listened to the first in the series and had to get this one. Alistair the cat is awesome and hilarious with his "human like" ways and his funny disappearing acts. I also loved Annabelle's Grandmother! She was a real hoot! Can't wait to get the rest of this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Familiar Tail

  • Witch’s Cat Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Delia James
  • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

Unlucky-in-love artist Annabelle Britton decides that a visit to the seaside town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the perfect way to get over her problems. But when she stumbles upon a smoky gray cat named Alastair, and follows him into a charming cottage, Annabelle finds herself in a whole spellbook full of trouble. Suddenly saddled with a witch's wand and a furry familiar, Annabelle soon meets a friendly group of women who use their spells, charms, and potions to keep the people of Portsmouth safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great first in a new series

  • By Dawn on 07-11-17

Adorable story! I love the kitty!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Would you listen to A Familiar Tail again? Why?

Yes. I loved the characters and the realistic way the story was told.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It did! I enjoyed how the narrator pulled me into the story and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.

Which scene was your favorite?

Whenever Alistair was around!

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

I can't recall anything specific, but I think it was when Annabelle realized Alistair was a very "special" cat.

Any additional comments?

Great book! I just got the second one in the series can can't wait to start listening to it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Demon of Brownsville Road

  • A Pittsburgh Family's Battle with Evil in Their Home
  • By: Bob Cranmer, Erica Manfred
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 151

As a young boy, Bob had been drawn to the property, and, just when the family decided to move back to Brentwood, it went up for sale. Without a second thought, they purchased the house that Bob had always dreamed of owning. But the family soon began experiencing strange phenomena - objects moving on their own, ghostly footsteps, unsettling moaning sounds - that gradually increased in violence, escalating to physical assaults and, most disturbingly, bleeding walls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scary, disturbing, believable story!

  • By Torrie Kelley on 01-29-15

Terrifying story, well told, but very long.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would shorten it, maybe take out some irrelevant story lines that don't pull the story forward. Remove some of the background clutter.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I felt relieved and happy that the family was able to grow closer through their experiences.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator was very precise and detailed, but his style was more like a news reporter than a narrator.

Could you see The Demon of Brownsville Road being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, I can see this as a movie with maybe Tom Selleck as Bob Cranmer and Glenn Close as his wife.

Any additional comments?

Very disturbing, but realistic story of good vs. evil and how strong the human will is to survive, despite the odds. Amazing that the family didn't just up and leave that house! That's what I would have done!

  • Guidebook to Murder

  • Tourist Trap, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Cahoon
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,155

In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store - Coffee, Books, and More - open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder? When Jill's elderly friend Miss Emily calls in a fit of pique, she already knows that the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily's gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill, along with all of her problems...and her enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and compelling

  • By Taylor on 10-15-14

Great mystery that keeps you entertained!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

If you could sum up Guidebook to Murder in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, fun, fast-paced

What did you like best about this story?

Jill's investigative skills were awesome.

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

A real life story that brings the image of the characters to your mind.

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

Neither.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this to other listeners.

  • Haunted House

  • By: Jack Kilborn
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 679

At Butler House a series of grisly murders over a century have led many to believe it's haunted. To one scientist it's the perfect place for an experiment in fear. Eight people, each chosen because they lived through a terrifying experience, are offered a million dollars to spend one night at Butler House. They can take whatever they want with them - religious items, survival gear, and weapons. All they need to do is last the night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By CoCoPuff on 07-23-15

Creepy entertainment!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

If you could sum up Haunted House in three words, what would they be?

Deeply disturbing book.

If you’ve listened to books by Jack Kilborn before, how does this one compare?

Similar story lines with characters that were in the first book I read, "Trapped."

What about Rob Shapiro’s performance did you like?

He brought the characters to life, making each identity unique.

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

No. Dumb question.

Any additional comments?

Nope.