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  • Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back

  • By: Joe Cosentino
  • Narrated by: Chase Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

On Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey shore, handsome Cal Cozzi's seven bungalows are open for summer and love. Mario and Harold are brothers and college students who happen to look alike, but couldn’t be more different: Mario is searching for love, and Harold is searching for lust. Josh and Greg, a wealthy older couple, are matchmakers for their son, Christopher. When it comes to Connor, the maid, packed with muscles and a roving sponge, anything can happen. Opposites attract as wild Tim with the secret past meets shy Mark.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feel good with a touch of heartbreak

  • By Erryn Barratt on 03-12-18

Romance, Humor, and Clever Characters

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

What made the experience of listening to Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back the most enjoyable?

It was written in a very cinematic style, where different stories intertwine, and flow seamlessly from one to the other. It is full of humor and clever dialogue. I enjoyed following the main storyline of Cal, the owner of the bungalows at Cozzi Cove, as well as the stories of the various guests. I thought it was masterfully constructed going from almost campy humor to pathos to spirituality, all woven together very naturally.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cal, the MC -- though Connor, the sex-starved maid, was a close second.

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

One of the things I loved about this book was that it made me laugh out loud at one moment, feel fulfillment the next moment, and then well up in tears the next.

Any additional comments?

The narrator did an excellent job at bringing each character to life.

  • Porcelain Doll

  • By: Joe Cosentino
  • Narrated by: Derick Snow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Is art imitating life in 1982? Jana Lane, ex-child star, is doing a comeback film about murder. When a crew member is killed on the set, it looks like Jana could be next. Thickening the plot is Jana's breathtakingly handsome and muscular leading man, Jason Apollo, whose boyish, southern charms have aroused Jana's interest on screen and off. Will Jana and Jason stop the murderer before the final reel, or end up on the cutting room floor in this fast-paced whodunit with a shocking ending?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Cozy Murder Mystery

  • By Susan C-K on 02-10-18

unique and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

This book has a unique style that fascinated me. It has all the elements of a good traditional cozy mystery, with fun and quirky characters, subtle clues, red herrings, and a surprise (but well earned) ending. At the same time, it deals with current social issues, has a witty and sarcastic sense of humor, has some romance, has heartwarming main characters, and has supporting characters that that push the envelope without going over the top. The story kept me guessing with the clues visible but well disguised. The narrator does a good job of moving the story along and distinguishing the characters.

  • The Road to Nyn

  • The Tales of Gaspar, Book 1
  • By: Brian Michaud
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

In a land where magic is outlawed, a young boy is living a double life. Although Kay is training to be a knight, he has been secretly studying the forbidden ways of magic with Alamin, a powerful but eccentric wizard. When a band of goblins raids his village and enslaves his family and friends, Kay embarks on an adventure that takes him across the Kingdom of Gaspar and into the dark and treacherous caves of the Goblin Realm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great family-friendly fantasy adventure

  • By Leslie F. on 06-11-16

Fun adventure

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

This was a fun adventure with colorful characters that takes an exciting journey with some unexpected twists.I loved Kay and Alamin, and I thought Felix was a hoot. The story kept my interest throughout, and it moved at a nice pace. The narrator did a wonderful job with all the voices. He has such a range - each voice is very fitting for the character, and is easily recognizable and unique. His narration moves the story along with the proper emotion and pacing. If you want an adventure book for tweens, teens, or even fantasy-loving adults, give this a try!

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  • Written in Red

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,086

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original, emotion-driven alternative reality

  • By Mike on 03-10-15

Interesting story and characters

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

Interesting story and characters, but rather long and drawn out. It could have been much tighter, and there were some inconsistencies. The narrator did a decent job. She has a nice voice, and reads well, but there could have been more variety and emotion, and better pacing. Overall, pretty enjoyable, though.

  • Saving the Last Dragon

  • By: Joe Broadmeadow
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Duncan Emeris loves to write. His imagination creates a world of dragons, wizards, and magic. His writing helps him cope with the reality of his world. When one of his stories draws the interest of Merrill Templar, his English teacher, Duncan discovers that the world of his imagination has become a reality. Saving the Last Dragon becomes Duncan's quest. He finds himself facing dangerous mythical creatures bent on stealing the dragon's egg to wield its power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dreams of dragons come to life

  • By Shane on 04-29-17

A great listen for all ages

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

Duncan's imaginary story becomes real, and he becomes the hero who is the only one who can save the last dragon. The author creates a fascinating hidden world of magic, dragons, and fantasy creatures. All the characters - real and fantasy - are well drawn and it is wonderful to see a boy in a wheelchair as the hero.

The narrator does an excellent job of bringing each character to life with a unique and recognizable voice, and moving the story along with the right kind of emotion and pacing. I didn't want to stop listening.

I think this story will appeal to younger and older teenagers, as well as adults who love fantasy. While the story does have an ending, it seems like there will be continuing adventures. I look forward to listening to the next book!

  • 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 74,269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67,427
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 67,382

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
  • outstanding story told brilliantly

  • By mckobnzzc on 09-21-18

A great listen of a thrilling book

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

I loved the magic, fantasy, and camaraderie in the story. All the characters were fantastic, and the storyline kept moving. Jim Dale did an incredible job of voicing all the different characters with distinctive personalities, and moving the story along with emotion and drama.

  • To Light The Dragon's Fire

  • Dragons, Griffons and Centaurs, Oh My!
  • By: Margaret Taylor
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Dragon King, Draven Taraxus, never wanted the crown. Born to a dying breed of Rulers, Draven has sat on the throne for the last 100 years, thanks to his father's impeachment. Boredom and stagnation have left his kingdom, and his heart, ripe for the picking by a power hungry evil that has spent the same amount of time plotting and scheming to take over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Women take on Another World!

  • By Nancy Finelli on 08-16-15

Really comes to life

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

If you could sum up To Light The Dragon's Fire in three words, what would they be?

intriguing fantasy adventure

Who was your favorite character and why?

There were a lot of wonderful characters and all the main characters had complex and very real personalities. While some of the creatures were colorful and fun, if I had to pick one person, I would pick Lani -- one of the twins, who are the main characters of the story. She had a real inner strength along with a compassion.

What about Fred Wolinsky’s performance did you like?

I loved all the different voices that he created -- very versatile, with each voice really bringing out the personality of each character. It helped me visualize the characters and their interaction, as well as keep them distinct. I always knew who was talking. His narration voice was also pleasant to listen to, and full of emotion, moving the story along in a captivating way.

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

There was several moments that really tore my heartstrings -- especially a moment near the end, but I don't want to give away any spoilers.

Any additional comments?

The book has a complicated plot (and I have a feeling that future books will get more complicated), but it all makes sense and falls into place. Margaret Taylor has created a fascinating world and peopled it with well thought out characters. I never got bored, and look forward to the next book. The narration by Fred Wolinsky helped bring it to life and keep it moving. I hope he narrates the next book.

  • Labyrinth of Fire

  • Island of Fog, Book 2
  • By: Keith Robinson
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

Hal and his friends join forces to deal with these serious issues. They end up in the heart of dragon country, down in the Labyrinth of Fire, beneath an oozing volcano. Somehow they must make the dragons see the error of their ways. Their quest forces them to question the extent of their shapeshifting abilities, and this leads to a shocking discovery that is likely to start a war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable Listen

  • By Cyndi on 07-29-15

Even more compelling than book 1

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

This story picks up where book 1 (Island of Fog) left off. We follow the adventures of the group of shapeshifter kids as they go off on various adventures to save the fantasy world on the other side of the portals, full of fascinating creatures -- centaurs, harpies, dragons, griffins, ogres, fairies, and more.

I really enjoyed book 1, but I enjoyed this book even more. There was not the need for all the exposition and initial development in book one, and we quickly got into the action. The adventures were so clever with constant unexpected turns of events. We see the kids' continued development with both their powers and their resourcefulness. They have definitely matured since book 1. The ending is satisfying, but also hooks you into the beginning of the next adventures.

The narrator, Fred Wolinsky, continues to do a fabulous job. He creates believable and recognizable characters (and there are lots of them!) and moves the narration along full of emotion and drama.

The book is geared for middle grades and up, but I enjoyed it as an adult, and think it should appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure and fantasy. I look forward to the next book in the series!

  • Island of Fog, Book 1

  • By: Keith Robinson
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

A lonely, foggy island is home to eight families. Twelve-year-old Hal and his friends have always wondered what happened all those years ago on the mainland, that unseen place Out There beyond the fog, and after an astonishing discovery in the woods the children are more determined than ever to find out what their parents are hiding. But their lives are turned upside down when Abigail reveals her closely guarded secret. According to her the children are slowly changing into monsters!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-18-18

Great fantasy adventure for tweens through adult

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

Would you listen to Island of Fog, Book 1 again? Why?

Yes, it is a great listen for the whole family, and would be fun to listen to again -- like enjoying a favorite movie again and again. I am sure I will discover some new things the second time around.

What did you like best about this story?

The book grabs you from the first moment. It is a fun story with intrigue, fantasy, thrills, and adventure. The characters are all well-defined, real, and fun to spend time with. I loved the spirit of all the children -- very positive, lovable, inventive, but still realistic and flawed. I also liked that even though it is part of a continuing series, this book still has a satisfying ending of its own.

What about Fred Wolinsky’s performance did you like?

Everything. I really liked the voices he created for all the children -- they were each identifiable, and it was clear who was speaking. All the adults had their own personality as well. The manticore creature's voice was especially fun. His storytelling narrative had a great pace and emotion to it, and drew me into the story.

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

There were a lot of touching moments, as well as a lot of exciting moments. I especially liked some of the subtle and awkward interplay between Hal and Abigail

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  • Insanity Tales

  • By: Stacey Longo, David Daniel, Vlad V., and others
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

Here you will find twisted psyches, peculiar people, and demons of the mind and spirit. If you like your stories dark and scary, come take a stroll through this asylum, hearing ominous whispers or the shrieks of the unhinged echoing in your ears. You'll find yourself glancing nervously over your shoulder, or wondering about that odd-looking person at the bus stop - or even in the mirror. Come in, enjoy the trip, but step carefully, and watch the shadows, for you may never be the same again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy & Insightful - Scary Combination!

  • By DabOfDarkness on 01-14-15

Thrilling and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

Would you listen to Insanity Tales again? Why?

Yes - especially since this is a book of short stories, I can listen to my favorites again and again. Also, since they had surprises, it would be fun to hear them again, and see if I can pick up more nuances along the way.

What about Fred Wolinsky’s performance did you like?

He has a very natural and easy-to-listen to voice with just the right amount of emotion and drama to the narration. He is also excellent at characters -- male and female -- creating an appropriate and identifiable voice and personality for each one -- from a craggy old lady with the beginnings of dementia, to a middle-aged businessman, to a young tough girl, to a bitter old man, to a shy young woman, to a Mexican man, to a powerful female psychic to the devil himself. He brought each to life!

If you could rename Insanity Tales, what would you call it?

Tales of Twisted Minds

Any additional comments?

This is an enjoyable anthology from 5 gifted authors. Each story is a different style, which makes it especially fun. They all had their twists and surprises; some were more predictable than others, but that didn't make them less enjoyable. I had my favorites, and I am sure other people will have theirs, but they were all entertaining to listen to. Some were more comic, others more disturbing, and others just spooky. It was also nice hearing the endorsement introduction by Jonathan Maberry. Give this book a try!

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