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  • Solomon Key

  • A Dane Maddock Adventure (Dane Maddock Adventures, Volume 10)
  • By: David Wood
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The legacy of a kidnapped African warrior turned pirate sets Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake on a collision course with a deadly organization that will stop at nothing to claim the greatest treasure in history. But more than riches are at stake. Enemies old and new and even old friends stand in Maddock's way in a struggle to control the mysterious power unlocked by the Solomon Key.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dane And Bones Unlock A New Mystery

  • By Hudson the Basset on 10-23-18

Non-stop Action and Humorous

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

his is the second Dan Maddock adventure I've had the pleasure of listening to. I will gladly grab another. The back and forth banter between Maddock and Bones is hilarious. The fast-paced action and various storylines keeps the reader wanting more and see the story to the very end. I really enjoy Mr. Wood's style and his characters. He is funny. He finds humor in all sorts of situations and knows how to entertain while weaving a great story.

This is not the first audiobook I have enjoyed from Mr. Kafer and it will not be the last. His voice-style is perfect for this genre. He never misses a beat with the humorous back and forth banter amongst the main cast of characters. The listeners always know if a male is speaking from a female. Kafer doesn't waste time giving every character his/her own distinct voice he allows the storytelling to carry it you through and it works. Kafer handles various accents keeping the listener in the story. I'm not a critic of accents, I just want to enjoy the story and Kafer never disappoints.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook. This did not influence my review.

CONTENT: while there is no S, L, V (the humor might be considered crude by some)

  • Running from Scissors

  • Running Store Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: T.C. Wescott
  • Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Lacy Purdy loves her new town, her new job, and her old cat, Meatball. And she loves to run. This summer, she'll be running for her life. A phantom lurks in the shadows of Run For It, the local running store, terrorizing an unpopular run group leader with an arsenal of sharp, shiny scissors. Lacy can't stand mean-girl Marlene and everybody knows it, so when she mysteriously disappears in the middle of a run, Lacy suspects foul play. Everyone else suspects Lacy.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mind Boggling!

  • By Virginia on 10-15-18

Great Cozy

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Lacy, Ruby and Stax are hot on the trail of a killer and discover some interesting town gossip along the way.

This is my first book by Wescott and it will not be my last. I enjoyed her characters and learning about the little town of busy-bodies. This is also my first time listening to Ms. Naudus. I love the the various ways she plays off the 3 main women from one another. Lacy - independent, but can't help but be a people-pleaser; Ruby - charming, strong and knows how to play off her little-old-lady card when she needs to; Stax - Forward, Loud, and life's too short to care what others think.

I feel like if I were walking around the town in which this story takes place, I'd immediately recognize this trio. I didn't ever warm up to the detective, but it truly was not an issue since the main characters and focus of this story were on Lacy, Ruby and Stax, all female.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook. This did not influence my review.

Content: none

  • Watcher

  • The Watcher Series, Book 1
  • By: AJ Eversley
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens, Steve Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

As a Watcher, Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect her fellow humans. But the Bots and Carbons that overran her city are evolving, and are picking off her comrades one by one. Embarking on a desperate mission to save humanity from extinction, Sawyer discovers that the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn when one of her own betrays them. Faced with a choice between fulfilling her vow and avenging those who have fallen, she must ultimately decide who can be saved...and who can’t.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YA Dystopian Done Right

  • By Brian on 10-11-18

iRobot meets the Insurgient

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

This was such a fun listening experience. My first book by Ms. Eversley and definitely NOT my last. Wow. Her storytelling is vivid and rich in characters and world building. I immediately felt transported. I was also very thankful for the sneak peek of book 2.

This is also the first time I've heard either Chelsea Stephens or Steve Campbell. The Dual Narration worked and really added to the overall flow. Ms. Stephens completely captured the snarky, bad-ass attitude of the MC Sawyer. Perfect casting here. I only gave her 4.5 stars because there were periods when the storytelling became a little robotic and I felt pulled out of the story, but they were few and far between. Ms. Stephens handled the cast of characters (all male except for the MC) very well. (That's why my rating was rounded up instead of rounded down) I would listen to this again. I will definitely pick up book 2 in audio.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author/narrator. This did not influence my review.

Content: Very mild language (great YA and older)

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  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a horror story by American author Washington Irving. Written while Irving was living abroad in Birmingham, England, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was first published in 1820. It is among the earliest examples of American fiction with enduring popularity, especially during Halloween because of a character known as the Headless Horseman believed to be a Hessian soldier who lost his head to a cannonball in battle. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite classic 🎃

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 10-16-18

A Classic Brought to Life

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

It didn't take me long to realize I had never read this story in its entirety. I am embarrassed to admit that my previous knowledge was limited to Disney. Oh, but there is so much more. This classic is rich in wording and description. I felt transported to this time period and fully entertained by what I saw in my minds eye.

Mr. Scarlato has wonderful chops as this classic tale flows off his tongue. His storytelling is strong and keeps the listener engaged. Bravo!

I was given a free copy of this audiobook. My review is voluntary.

  • Dangerous Illusions

  • Code of Honor, Book 1
  • By: Irene Hannon
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death - and puts Trish under police scrutiny - her world is once again thrown into turmoil. Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake, or is there more to the case than meets the eye?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dangerous Illusions

  • By Susan Fryman on 10-21-17

Keeps the Listener...listening

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I am a fan of Ms. Hannon. I love romantic suspense/mystery and Ms. Hannon never disappoints. Looking back, I can't believe this was a 10 hour story. It flew by! Ms. Hannon's characters and storylines are full, vivid and exciting. Hannon weaves a solid tale and keeps the reader on the edge of his seat. It is solid entertainment. I can't say more than the offered book synopsis in fear of spoilers. Trust me. It's good!

Ms. Plummer's performance is spot on. I enjoy her male voices. She smoothly transfers from leading lady (Trish) to the leading man (Connor). Ms. Plummer has a nice range. The listener may not be able to tell Mac apart from Matt (poor name choice on the author's part for listeners), but they weren't in many scenes together. This never took away from the story. Ms. Plummer was able to relate Trish's trusting nature and 'brokeness'. I will definitely listen to more productions by this narrator. Excellent!

Content warning: NONE (I listened in the car, in the kitchen, in the living room, no problems with content)

  • Baby Kisses

  • Romance on the Ranch, Book 3
  • By: Verna Clay
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Tooty Townsend bore a child at the age of 16. Now, four years later, she has her hands full raising Harris and trying to make a living. Reclusive author Maxwell Henry, aka Miles Brightman, is looking to hire a personal assistant while in Colorado finishing up his latest suspense thriller. Sarah Tanner, stepmother to Tooty's best friend, Julie, recommended her to the author. Unfortunately, Harris climbed onto the guy's lap at Julie and Jacob's wedding reception and asked him to take him for a ride in his wheelchair. Then he asked him to marry his mommy and become his daddy! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Left me smiling

  • By PattyH on 10-17-18

Pretty Good, but No Spark

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I thought the story was cute. But, the relationship between Miles and Tooty fell flat. She seemed way too young and the chemistry between them never felt more than a friend or brother. Honestly, I enjoyed the sub-story of the journal and the mystery surrounding it.

This is the first story I have read by Ms. Clay. I'm not in a hurry to pick up another. I did visit the author's website and see the series builds from book to book. Perhaps the author really depends on the reader starting from book 1. Even knowing this, the characters of Tooty and Miles are still very 1 dimensional. There wasn't a lot for the reader to bite into to really get to know either character. Why was Miles in his wheelchair? I know it was a car accident but no details. What in the world did Tooty see in her one-night stand? I think it would have been worth it for the author to take more time in telling us the full story of these characters.

I have not heard other narrations by Ms. Araya. She did a nice job. She has a nice range. I would like to hear her perform a YA title. Her voice was perfect for Tooty. (and the children)

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author/narrator. This review was voluntarily left by me.

CONTENT: S,L (sex, language) not suitable for listening in the car with younger ears tuned in

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  • Teach Me to Love

  • Brothers of Belle Fourche, Book 1
  • By: Kari Trumbo
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

When her husband dies, she has a choice to make: Go home, and face the family who made her stay with the beast, or head to Belle Fourche to the only friend she has left. Conrad Oleson can't read, and it's shamed him for longer than he can remember. When another teacher shows up on his front step, he's sure his brother is meddling, again. But when Izzy reveals her painful past, he can't stay away. And if learning to read brings him closer to her, he'll do about anything for her including teaching her how to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Ashley Hedden on 10-19-18

Sweet Western Romance

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

This is my first book I've had read to me by Ms Trumbo. Her storytelling is sweet. I am a fan of Dr Quinn Medicine Woman. Ms. Trumbo's writing is perfect when I need a Dr. Quinn fix.

In this story, Issy (Isabelle) is just starting to heal from a distructive marriage when she comes to stay with her dear friend Lula and Lula's in-laws. At the O ranch she meets Conrad, the eldest brother of Lula's husband Barton. This is a delightful story of how two people can build each other up by encouragement and love. And of course the author threw in some suspense to keep the storytelling moving at a wonderful pace.

Storyteller J Scott Bennett is perfect for these Western Romances. I have enjoyed several audiobooks narrated by him. His voice is true, trusted, and tender just like what is called for with wholesome, clean western romances.

I received this audiobook from the author. My review is voluntarily provided. Thank you for the excellent listening experience.

Parental Warning: there are NONE

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  • Three More Wishes Series

  • By: Elise Sax
  • Narrated by: Angie Hickman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The Three More Wishes series includes three hot and hilarious novellas, Blown Away, Inn & Out, and Quick Bang.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mix of humor

  • By BOOKJUNKEE on 10-23-18

Hilarious Happy Endings...just as promised

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This is my first time reading anything by Elise Sax. Her website promises hilarious happy endings and boy does she deliver! This audiobook is a bundle of 3 separate romance stories about residents of Summer Island. Each story is stand alone, but may contain some references about previous characters.

In each of the books we become entangled in the mind of the main female character. The witty one-liners going through each of these women's heads will keep the listener chuckling. It is fun to discover the multitude of precarious situations in which our lovebirds-to-be find themselves.

Narrator Angie Hickman hits all the punchlines. Her voice is perfect for the innocent, doe-eyed Nora or insecure, bad-ass wanna-be Beryl or even Elise, a journalist with a nose for a good scoop. Ms. Hickman allowed me to escape for a few hours each day. I truly enjoyed the ride. As long as the listener is okay with language and sex, this is a fun listening experience.

WARNING: contains L, S (language, sex).

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator. My review is voluntarily written and shared.

  • Mystery Loves Company

  • John Pickett Mysteries, Volume 7
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel L Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53

Returning to London after his honeymoon (For Deader or Worse), Bow Street Runner John Pickett soon discovers wedded bliss is not without its pitfalls, as he finds it galling to be financially dependent on Julia, his aristocratic bride. When he is summoned to the home of Lady Washbourn, Pickett finds he has something in common with the young countess: like himself, Lady Washbourn has married above her station and now finds herself adrift in a world to which she does not truly belong. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marriage can Mean Murder

  • By Avid Audio Listener on 08-19-18

This Series Keeps Getting Better and Better

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

This series is so wonderful. I thoroughly enjoy Ms. Cobb South's writing. Her wit is brilliant, her characters are fun, witty and loveable. AND she weaves an awesome mystery that keeps the tale fresh. This particular mystery is about a wife who suspects her husband wants to get rid of her permanently so that he can move on with his first love, who has recently become a widow.

I really appreciate that each book in this series can stand on its own. The listener is given enough backstory that he/she feels up-to-date on previous events and can enjoy the story in full. Of course, the backstory will only make the listener want to backtrack and listen to the story from the beginning. Be warned..this series is addicting!

Which leads me to the narration/performance of Joel Froomkin. Brilliant. I have graduated Mr. Froomkin to the ranks of my all time favorite narrator, Barbara Rosenblat and her Vicky Bliss and Amelia Peabody narrations. He (Mr. Froomkin) is so good! Mr. Froomkin has truly developed this cast of characters and made them 'real' to the listener. I feel like I really know Mr. Colquhoun, Julia and John.

You will laugh out loud and maybe even gasp aloud as you listen to the tale unfold. A thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. It's no wonder the team of (Cobb South and Froomkin) have received Listener Awards.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author. I voluntarily created this review and appreciate the opportunity to share this recommendation with others. Thank you.

CONTENTS: no worries (No S,V,L)

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  • Love Remains

  • By: Sarah M. Eden
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

Cecily Attwater specializes in hope. As a tutor to the newly blind, she has dedicated her life to helping others overcome the obstacles she herself has conquered. Her new assignment in a remote corner of Wyoming proves trickier than usual: Finbarr refuses to learn. To make matters worse, his family - and the other Irish townspeople - are less than thrilled to discover an Englishwoman in their haven. Cecily's only hope lies in securing the cooperation of her pupil's brother, Tavish, who happens to be her harshest critic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Amanda on 10-11-17

A Beautiful Story of How Love Truly Heals All

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

This is my first story I have read by author Sarah M Eden, but it will not be the last. Ms. Eden has created such a wonderful cast of characters. I just know there's more to tell in the lives of Finbar, Emma, and perhaps, Biddy.

The story begins with a glimpse of the fiercely loyal members of the O'Connor family. It is hinted that they will do anything for family and for their countrymen located in the Montana territory. The Finbar O'Connor appears to have given up on life at the young age of 17 after a fire took his sight. The O'Connors hire a tutor to help him. A Mr. Atwater.

Things only heat up when Mr. Atwater is not a Mister, but a Miss...and she's English.

Nancy Peterson makes this story truly come to life. Her storytelling is soft and captivating. She smoothly transitions from an Irish to an English accent (all while giving the narrator a General American voice). She expertly spins the tale switching from teen to adult to the various mature voices in the book. I cannot say enough how much I enjoyed this performance. Bravo!

I'm looking forward to the rest of this series. I am hoping Ms. Peterson will have the opportunity to narrate them as well.

Parental Guide:
There are no L, V, S scenes to worry about for a younger audience

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