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  • The Fur Trade Gamble

  • North West Company on the Pacific Slope, 1800-1820
  • By: Lloyd Keith, John C. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

In an era of grand risk, fur moguls vied to command the northwest and China markets, gambling lives and capital on the price of beaver pelts, purchases of ships and trade goods, international commerce laws, and the effects of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting History

  • By Sarah Moon on 07-09-17

A must for history buffs

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

This is a long, non-fiction work detailing the history of the fur trade and trade routes in northwestern US in the 18th & 19th century, and it contains a lot of recognizable names that you would never have guessed had a hand in this trade. It is densely detailed and shows the hardships, rivalries, landscape, encounters, companies, personalities, difficulties and stupidities well. I’m not sure, had I been reading the actual book (as opposed to the audiobook), if I would have stuck with it to the end but Bill Nevitt’s smooth, well-paced narration easily pulls you in and immerses you in a world of trappers, Native Americans, survival and the wild, unforgiving landscape of the fur trade. If you are a lover of American history, then this audiobook will be for you.

  • Flaming Crimes

  • Disaster Crimes, Book 4
  • By: Chrys Fey
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Beth and Donovan are now happily married, and what Beth wants more than anything is a baby. Her dream of starting a family is put on hold as fires burn dangerously close, and Donovan becomes a victim of sabotage. Donovan escapes what could've been a deadly wreck. Their past enemies have been eliminated, so who is cutting brake lines and leaving bloody messages? He vows to find out for the sake of the woman he loves and the life they're trying to build.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great mix of action, romance and drama

  • By Rabid Reader on 03-17-19

Great mix of action, romance and drama

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Just when Beth and Donovan have settled into married life and are considering starting a family, all hell breaks loose again in the form of bush fires and psychopathic bad guys. Our dynamic duo face sabotage, fear, intrigue, kidnapping, uncertainty and fire as it all intertwines in their lives and puts both at risk. The mix of action, romance and drama in this story is great and the narration showcases it well. Bill Nevitt does a great job of bring the characters to life and letting the emotions show. This story can be listened to as a stand-alone but you will get more from the relationships in the story if you listen to the books in order.

  • House Call

  • By: Darden North
  • Narrated by: Michael Robbins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

In national award-winning author Darden North's debut novel, House Call, a police investigation into the murder of a young hospital nurse rips through a Mississippi community consumed in self-indulgence, reverse sexual discrimination, and cut-throat medical politics. Before a psychopath can be stopped, another will die.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Murder Mystery That Is So Much More

  • By Michael P. Hartnett on 03-20-19

Entertaining story with great characters

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

In this first book by Darden North M.D., he takes us into the cut throat world of an Obs/Gyne practice, where productivity and not ability determines if you make partner or not. The story starts with a captivating hook, as we experience a murder scene that makes you shudder, and you soon find yourself immersed in the twists and turns of this story. The unique characters and their intertwining lives keep you guessing as to what could possibly happen next and, as to who the murderer is. The narrator did a great job of all the voices. He brought out the emotions in the story well and made you feel the different personalities of the characters well. Murder, politics, drugs, suspense and surprises will keep you guessing. This was an entertaining murder, mystery story that also spoke of the complexities of medical practice in the US and the strains it can put on all concerned.

  • Blood Conspiracy

  • Brooklyn Shadows, Book 2
  • By: Brock Deskins
  • Narrated by: Brock E. Deskins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Percy altered the Cure in a way to make it easier to create his little vampire army, but his new vampires have attitude problems and are worse at playing by the rules than I am, and they are the mess I’m trying to clean up. No biggie, I’m pretty good at that kind of housecleaning. The only problem is that someone called the cops on Percy’s little house party. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Deskins story - with vampires!

  • By Katarina on 03-03-19

Fast paced and action filled

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

I enjoyed this action filled second book in the Brooklyn Shadows series. Vampire PI, Leo Malone, and his associates find themselves coerced into taking a job to clean up someone else’s mess, but of course, Leo doesn’t just leave it at that.This story is full of action, humor, aggression and has great characters. Leo is sarcastic, cunning, violent and definitely a bit of a jerk, but he is loyal to his friends and has a sense of riotousness hidden underneath his hard, indifferent exterior. I enjoyed the tense interaction between Leo and his creator, and I loved Marvin, his hilarious repartee had me laughing out loud. The narration on this book was done by the author himself and I thought he did a good job for his first attempt. He was easy to listen to, but I did find that the voice he did for Leo was a bit flat. On the other hand, he did an excellent job of Marvin’s voice, bringing out the humor well with his inflection. His accents need a bit of work, but his female voice is good. Over all, this is a fast paced, action packed story that will keep you entertained and you don’t have to have read the first book to be able to follow the story line.

  • Bound by Blood

  • A Detective Jason Strong Mystery, Book 18
  • By: John C. Dalglish
  • Narrated by: Bill Burrows
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

 

Jason and Vanessa are called out to a robbery where political connections are complicating an already tense situation. The case quickly takes an ominous turn, and they must find a missing girl before it's too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Jason Strong Mystery

  • By Rabid Reader on 03-16-19

Another great Jason Strong Mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

This is another great story in the Jason Strong Mystery series. Called in to investigate a convenience store robbery in which the daughter of a prominent citizen has gone missing, Jason and his partner, Vanessa, find themselves embroiled in a not so simple case. This story has some interesting twists and at times you wonder if it will be solved at all. I loved the interactions between the detectives and their suspects, especially at the end of the book, and Vanessa and Jason’s repartee always keeps me entertained. The narrator did his usual excellent job of keeping the same voices for the reoccurring characters in the series and bringing out the emotions and humor in the story. I look forward to listening to book 19 when it comes out.

  • Genetically Altered, Complete Boxed Set

  • A Science Fiction Werewolf Thriller, A Dream Traveler Series - Genetically Altered
  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 24 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Werewolves like you've never seen before. They don't howl at the moon, but they are deadly. Twelve men went missing. Six months later they awake from drug-induced stupors to find themselves locked in a lab. And on the night of a new moon, 11 of those men, possessed by new - and inhuman - powers, break out of their prison and race through the streets of Los Angeles until they disappear one by one into the night. Alpha Wolf, book one: Olento Research wants its experiments back. Its CEO, Mika Lenna, will tear every city apart until he has his werewolves imprisoned once again. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Series

  • By Nicole Henderson on 03-22-19

Brilliant Series

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

The Genetically Altered 4 book Series introduces engineered werewolves to Noffke's amazing Dream Traveler world and is a great deal for just 1 Audible credit. These wolves are not like any other were's you have read about, they are the first of their kind and are on the run from their creators. The stories and characters in all four books easily captures your imagination. From Mika's ruthlessness and Drake’s twisted mind, to Rox's sass, Conner's self-deprecation and Adelaide's sarcastic repartee, you will love, cry for, fear or despise them. These books have you on the edge of your seat, make the hair on your neck stand up, make you laugh and will keep you captivated right to the very last word. The narration in the audiobooks is excellent, Klett gave the characters individual voices and accents, and showed the humour and emotion well. The stories weave a thrilling tale full of intrigue, action, loss, humour, romance and strife; one takes you on a journey that pulls at your imagination as well as your heart. It is an excellent series that will keep you captivated to the end.

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  • Born Bad: A Science Fiction Paranormal Thriller

  • Genetically Altered, Book 4
  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Mika Lenna, the CEO of Olento Research, won’t be deterred. Yes, the Lucidites have the upper hand, but he has something better. The one thing that can really stop them. The potential to create the rivalry to any werewolf. Mika has crossed the final threshold of humanity to do something that no human would dare do.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant finish to the series

  • By Rabid Reader on 02-25-19

Brilliant finish to the series

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

The last audiobook in the Genetically Altered series does not disappoint. It has a thrilling and satisfying end, but it still leaves room for the expansion and continuation of some of story threads. In this fast paced story the Lucidites and the Pack race to find the remaining wolves before Mika can capture and corrupt them. They are desperate to stop Mika and his warped scientist, Drake, from continuing their monstrous experiments and achieving their vampiric aim. This story is full of excitement, intrigue, action, tension and has some great romance in it too. The narrator once again does an excellent job, hitting all the accents well and bringing the characters to life. I loved the “Ren” touches, even dead he still manages to exhort his influence on people. Adelaide really comes into her own in this book. She finally stops trying to be her father, starts to believe in herself and begins to feel worthy of being loved. I liked the slowly developed changes in her and the growth of her relationships. We also get a few more hints about Lucien in this story and I can not wait to see how he develops in the future. I really enjoyed this audiobook and will look forward to more story's in this amazing world.

  • Hungry for Blood: A Science Fiction Paranormal Thriller

  • A Dream Traveler Series: Genetically Altered, Book 3
  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

A string of murders involving women are making the residents of Los Angeles panic. They’re calling the serial killer the “rabid wolf” because he tears his prey open by the throat and leaves behind a maimed body. Meanwhile, at the Lucidite Institute, the pack is training under Zephyr’s instruction. He knows that soon they’ll have to go after the rabid wolf and also rescue other members of the pack. However, they need to work together in order to be successful. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling, nerve wracking and tension filled

  • By Rabid Reader on 02-25-19

Thrilling, nerve wracking and tension filled

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

This 3rd audiobook in the enthralling Genetically Altered series is the best yet. It will have you on the edge of your seat and the hairs on the back of your neck standing to attention. Darker in nature than the other books, we get to see the workings of a warped mind, as the rabid wolf creates fear and anguish when he brutally murders women all across the city. The authors writing and the great narration makes you actually feel the terror of the women and the longing to kill that Hunter feels; it is both brutal and sad at the same time. This is a fast paced, exciting, anxiety filled story that still contains a great amount of humorous repartee. Tension mounts as we see Adelaide put herself in danger to try to find information, as Zephyr and the pack strive to capture Hunter before he kills again, the race to find the other wolves continues and all the while Mika and Drake are producing more creations. This story has great characters that grow from one book to the next and you can not help but love the easy, sarcastic back and forth between them. It's great to see the pack is becoming more cohesive, their talents growing and relationships forming. Mika is an excellent villain. He's crafty, intelligent but crazy as hell and the narrator shows this well. Then there is Drake, he totally lacks a conscience and reminds me of Josef Mengele. I not sure which of the bad guys is scarier. This is a great story that will keep you captivated from the first page to the last and leave you dying to get the next book.

  • Better Off Dead: A Science Fiction Paranormal Thriller

  • A Dream Traveler Series, Genetically Altered, Book 2
  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

When one man can’t reconcile with the wolf inside of him, he knows all he can do is run. Take the wolf with him, and run away from those he doesn’t want to hurt. But will that be his greatest mistake? The pack is coming together, but one wolf would rather be alone with his demons than be united as a team. In the second installment in the Olento Research series, Connor runs from the Lucidite Institute and his pack, fearful of what the wolf will make him do. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant second audiobook in the series

  • By Rabid Reader on 02-25-19

Brilliant second audiobook in the series

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

This is a brilliant second audiobook in the Genetically Altered series and the narrator once again does an excellent job. Ashamed of attacking Adelaide, Conner has run from the Lucidites and taken up his old habits to mask the guilt he feels. With Mika continuing to evolve new twists on humanity, it's an even more perilous race as to who will find Conner and the remaining wolves first, the Pack or Olento Research. This fast paced story has lots of suspense, intrigue, action, humour, loss and hints of romance, the narrator dose a great job of making the listener feel the emotions in this story. We see both the brutality and the underlying humanity of the werewolves and your heart aches for them, but you also see the beginnings of acceptance and hope. Noffke's characters have depth; they have emotions, flaws, self doubts and longings that feel real and you become even more attached to them with each chapter. In this book you can not help but love the sarcastic repartee, the captivating characters and a storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you craving for more.

  • Made to Kill: A Science Fiction Paranormal Thriller

  • A Dream Traveler Series: Genetically Altered, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Twelve men went missing. Six months later, they awake from drug-induced stupors to find themselves locked in a lab. On the night of a new moon, 11 of those men - possessing new gifts of speed, strength, and inhuman powers - break out of their prison and race through the streets of Los Angeles. They disappear one by one into the night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling, unique story

  • By Rabid Reader on 02-25-19

Thrilling, unique story

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

This is a great start to the Genetically Altered series. The introduction of engineered werewolves adds a interesting and different spin to Noffke's amazing Dream Traveler world. These wolves are not like any other were's you have read about, they are the first of their kind and are on the run from their creators. The Lucidites need to get to them first and figure out who created them and why. Noffke's excellent descriptive writing and Kemp’s great narration lets you feel their struggles, fears, aggression and yearnings, and the exciting plot keeps you totally enthralled. The story and its characters easily captures your imagination; from Mika's ruthlessness, to Rox's sass, Conner's self-deprecation and Adelaide's sarcastic repartee. The narrator does a good job of the different accents in the story; she even managed to throw in a few glottal stops into Adelaide’s cockney accent and captured her snarky attitude well. This is a thrilling tale full of intrigue, humour, loss and strife. Rox is an interesting character and you have to wonder what her sassy, sexy bravado is really hiding. Adelaide's sarcasm and abrasive nature highlights her relation to Ren, and your heart goes out to her as she walks in his shadow. Conner is my favourite "wolf" so far, he is damaged, torn, but has an intelligence and empathy that draws you to him. In Noffke's usual fashion, she has created a storyline and characters that pull at your imagination as well as your heart. It's a compelling tale, with links that tie into her other books, once again weaving more depth into an already great world and yet can still be read as a stand alone series. I loved this story and look forward to listening to the next audiobook.

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