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  • Playing With You

  • Riding Tall, Book 5
  • By: Cheyenne McCray
  • Narrated by: David Quimby
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Ricki Sparks knows she can make a mean red velvet cake but can’t believe she’s let herself be talked into a blind date. When she opens the door to see the man she’s been secretly sweet on since the first day he walked into her bakery, she fears her heart will be demolished. At least she knows she’s in for a wild ride. With a past like his, private investigator Garrett McBride doesn’t feel he’s worthy of a good woman’s love. Especially not Ricki, the sweet, beautiful baker. But its not just her delectable baked goods that keep him coming back and it isn’t long before he admits to himself that he wants her for his own. He never suspects that the greatest danger to her may come not from himself, but from the deceitful woman Ricki has befriended.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ricki and Garrett

  • By seelk on 09-06-18

Exciting, steamy and chilling

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

This is a combination of romance and thriller, with a nice dose of steam added in. Rikki and Garrett are appealing characters that you can’t help but like and they both have realistic insecurities and pasts. The tension and twists as the plot unfurls is great, and the narrator of the audiobook really pulls you into the story. His voice fits the characters well and you can feel the heat and the tension appropriately. This is a great, easy listening story that is exciting, steamy and tense

  • Six Armies in Tennessee

  • The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns
  • By: Steven E. Woodworth
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 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 21

When Vicksburg fell to Union forces under General Grant in July 1863, the balance turned against the Confederacy in the trans-Appalachian theater. The Federal success along the river opened the way for advances into central and eastern Tennessee, which culminated in the bloody battle of Chickamauga and then a struggle for Chattanooga. Chickamauga is usually counted as a Confederate victory, albeit a costly one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great details of Civil War fighting for Tennessee!

  • By Donna Wiebe on 10-13-18

Good battle overview

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

This audiobook provides an overview of two Confederate and four Union armies that battle for Middle and Eastern Tennessee. I had very little prior knowledge of the battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga before listening to this book. I found the content informative but a bit bland and looking at a map while listening would have helped my understanding. The narrator fit the story well, presenting the facts in a professional way and making the content more interesting. This book is a good introduction to the confusing battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga

  • Beauty and Beastly

  • Steampunk Beauty and the Beast (Steampunk Fairy Tales)
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When Isabelle Hawking and her papa set out from London on a sea voyage, Isabelle is thrilled. Visiting foreign courts, learning from master tinkerers, and studying mechanicals is her dream. But Isabelle never arrives. Swept up in a tempest, her ship is lost. Isabelle survives the storm only to be shipwrecked on a seemingly deserted island. The magical place, dotted with standing stones, faerie mounds, and a crumbling castle, hints of an ancient past. Isabelle may be an unwilling guest, but her arrival marks a new beginning for the beastly residents of this forgotten land.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Steampunk Beauty and the Beast

  • By Rabid Reader on 10-12-18

Steampunk Beauty and the Beast

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

This is an entertaining steampunk retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. I enjoyed the metallic automatons, the Beasts altruism, Isabelle's skill in tinkering and the authors nods to the Disney version of the tale, as well as the Celtic & Druidic references. The narrator did an excellent job of bringing the story to life. Her British accent fits the setting well and she gave the characters individual voices, switching between dialects with ease. This is a well written and narrated steampunk story that lovers of fairy tales will enjoy.

  • The Tree of Penance

  • Society Lost, Volume Three
  • By: Steven Bird
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Join former sheriff Jessie Townsend as his journey takes him across a nation that is a mere shell of its former self after suffering numerous devastating blows from an orchestrated collapse and the attacks that followed. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hatfields vs. McCoys!

  • By RJ on 09-13-18

Brilliant, gripping story

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I really enjoyed this story of ex-Sheriff Jesse Townsend who is trying to make his way across America to find his sister in Tennessee. I loved how the author successfully mixed man-made post-apocalypse modern times with old west type western. He made the characters feel real and you quickly become invested in Jesse and his new found friends survival. The authors great descriptive writing and the narrators use of voice, tone and intonation bring the story to life. You can really feel the horror, pain and struggles the characters go through. The story illustrates well how warped, cruel and depraved some people can become, while others rise to the occasion and show the beauty and strength humans are capable of. This story is gritty, heart wrenching and violent, and it keeps your attention right to the end. This was the first audiobook I have listened to in the Society Lost series and I will definitely be listening to the rest.

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  • Bad Spelling

  • Witches of Galdorheim Series, Book 1
  • By: Marva Dasef
  • Narrated by: Lisa Baarns
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

A klutzy witch, a shaman's curse, a quest to save her family. Can Kat find her magic in time? If you’re a witch living on a remote arctic island, and the entire island runs on magic, lacking magical skills is not just an inconvenience, it can be a matter of life and death – or, at least, a darn good reason to run away from home. Katrina’s spells don’t just fizzle; they backfire with spectacular results, oftentimes involving green goo. A failure as a witch, Kat decides to run away and find her dead father’s non-magical family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great start to a coming-of-age story

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-20-14

Trolls, spells and curses

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

This is a quick, entertaining story about a teenage half-witch who can’t learn to cast spells even though the power in her is strong. Discovering the route of her problem and finding a solution to it leads Kat and her half-brother Rune on a lively adventure. The narrator of the audiobook fit the story well and was easy to listen to. With witches, vampires, trolls, shaman and amusing word play, this story will surly entertain.

  • The Death in the Drink

  • Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries, Book 7
  • By: Shéa MacLeod
  • Narrated by: Yvette Keller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

When the guild’s nastiest member winds up dead in the drink, Viola is convinced it’s no accident. And after the husband of the deceased gets into a brawl on the front lawn of the town’s most well-known landmark, she knows something’s up. Armed with nothing more than a folding fan and her wits, she sets out to unveil the killer before somebody else winds up in Davy Jones’ locker.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great cozy murder, mystery

  • By Rabid Reader on 10-01-18

Great cozy murder, mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

This is a really entertaining cosy murder, mystery in the Viola Roberts series. The characters, humour and intrigue are great. Viola once again finds herself embroiled in a murder but this time it’s at a Regency re-enactment party she has been coerced into going to. Some of the description and situations Viola finds herself in are hilarious, I love her sense of humour too. The narration fits the book perfectly, giving the characters individual voices and bringing out the humour in the story well. Great cast of characters and a plot that keeps the killer concealed until the end makes this a fun, enjoyable story to listen to.

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  • Bloodlines: Cove Point Manor

  • By: William B. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Alex Tinsdill never thought a simple DNA test would lead to a $250 million inheritance and Cove Point Manor, a massive estate built during the Gilded Age on the Gold Coast of Long Island, New York. Alex's inheritance doesn't come without a cost however, as two greedy relatives soon show up, determined to separate Alex from his new found riches. Cove Point Manor has a dark past, and a sinister secret which is about to be revealed!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bloodlines

  • By Deedra on 06-20-18

Mystery, ghosts and romance

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

This is an enjoyable story of an unexpected inheritance, new found romance, greedy hangers-on and a ghostly protector. It is an entertaining story with a bit of the supernatural mixed in and with characters you immediately like and others that you take an instant dislike to. Brenda and Connie are both self-centred, money-grabbing, obnoxious characters that the narrator of the audiobook portrays perfectly. The voices he used suited their personalities to a tee and really brought out how dislikable and annoying these characters were. I liked the sweet development of Alex and Maggie’s relationship and the protectiveness of Rebecca Farnsworth’s ghost. This story had humour, mystery and romance, and excellent narration that brings the story to life.

  • Tales of a Texas Boy

  • By: Marva Dasef
  • Narrated by: Donny Baarns
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

How do you handle a crazy jackass? Eddie knows. If you ask Eddie, he'll tell you pigs can fly and show you where to find real mammoth bones. Take his word for it when he tells you always to bet on the bear. These are things he learned while dreaming of becoming a cowboy in West Texas during the Depression. Through Eddie, the hero of Tales of a Texas Boy, we find that growing up is less about maturity and more about roping your dreams. Hold on tight. It's a bumpy ride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a time machine to the 1930s

  • By J. Chambers on 01-17-14

Life on the American Frontier

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

This is an entertaining set of short stories surrounding an 11-year old Texan farm boy and his family. Set from 1920 – 1950, the author does a great job of capturing rural farm life and the struggle to survive droughts, the great depression, poverty and rural life in general. I loved the down-to-earth family relationships, the simple pleasures of life and the feel of the sparsely settled Texan landscape. It is refreshing, funny and tells of simpler times. The narrator did an excellent job of the accents; giving individual voices to the characters, bringing out the humor and the difficulty and joy of living on the American frontier.

  • Into the Woods

  • Tales from the Hollows and Beyond
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263

For centuries, the woods have been a pivotal part of the wonder and danger of fairy tales, for once you enter anything can happen. Elves, druids, fairies - who knows what you will find once you dare step into the forest?

And now, New York Times best-selling author Kim Harrison ventures into these mysterious, hidden lands of magic and mystery in her first short-story collection. Into the Woods brings together an enchanting mix of brand-new, never-before-published stories and tales from Harrison's beloved, best-selling Hollows series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Have, for The Hollows Fans!

  • By m on 10-10-12

Great compilation of short stories

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Loved this collection of short stories by Kim Harrison. You do need to know the Hollows series to understand the significance of many of these stories but some are stand alone. The stories are great and the narration is excellent. Well worth listening to.

  • Degeneration: Age of Expansion - A Kurtherian Gambit Series

  • The Ghost Squadron, Book 4
  • By: Sarah Noffke, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

Kill the bad guys. Save the Galaxy. All in a hard day’s work. Eddie might be enhanced, but Ghost Squadron must expand if they’re going to keep the Federation safe from Felix Castile, a man hell bent on nothing less than the assassination of General Lance Reynolds. To stop him, Ghost Squadron will have to do the impossible - infiltrate the enemy’s stronghold. What the team learns could change everything. No one is safe from Felix Castile, who has the means to change the Federation, and not in a good way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cool space adventure with fun characters

  • By John on 08-23-18

Space adventure, action & humor

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

This is a great end to this story arc; full of action, humor, dangerous missions and new and old characters. Eddie and Julianna battle pirates, get slimed by a giant slug, sneak aboard their old enemy's ship, and fight to protect their friends and the Federation. I loved the development of the relationships, character growth, action and humor (even Pip’s knock-knock jokes) in this book. It has you both on the edge of your seat and laughing out loud. It is not a stand-alone book, as you really do need to read the series in order, so as to get the full impact of this action-packed story. The narrator of the audiobook once again did a great job, he especially seems to show the humor in the story well. This is an exciting story in the Ghost Squadron series and even though this story arc is complete, the epilogue to this book leaves you dying for the next arc.