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  • Evanthia's Gift

  • The Gift Saga, Book 1
  • By: Effie Kammenou
  • Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In the year 1956, Anastacia Fotopoulos finds herself pregnant and betrayed, fleeing from a bad marriage. With the love and support of her dear friends Stavros and Soula Papadakis, Ana is able to face the challenges of single motherhood. Left with emotional wounds, she resists her growing affection for Alexandros Giannakos, an old acquaintance. But his persistence and unconditional love for Ana and her child is eventually rewarded and his love is returned. In a misguided, but well-intentioned effort to protect the ones they love, both Ana and Alex keep secrets - ones that could threaten the delicate balance of their family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Cheryl Scott on 08-31-18

A Wonderful narration and story!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

 Evanthia's Gift written by Effie Kammenou is an interesting novel based on its structure alone. The storyline begins in Greece in the year 1955 with a pregnant mother by the name of Anastacia. The book opens with betrayal and as Anastacia endures the troubles of her situation with the lasting effects of WW2, she finds she needs to make important decisions for both herself and her daughter (Sophia). Anastacia develops beautiful and engaging relationships and love interests that are excitingly passionate and at times heartbreaking. 

This is currently Effie Kammenous only audiobook available at audible.com

This audiobook enters a second part which feels almost like the start of a new book all together. It jumps a generation and follows Sophia and Dean, a love interest since of Sophia since age of 12, as Greek- American teenagers. 

The characters battle romantically and culturally as a storyline unfolds that spans 50 years and two continents. 

The book is narrated by Emily Lawrence who is an accomplished narrator. She sounds comfortable behind the mic and has a dynamic range of narration tone and character accents that are especially enjoyable to the ear. Emily Lawrence currently has 35 audiobook narrations available at audible.com. The audio, simply put, is top quality. The storyline flows smoothly and effortlessly and the characters are easily distinguishable. The background is free of any extraneous sounds that may distract from the listening experience.

This audiobook came in at a lengthy 17 hours and 22 minutes in the contemporary fiction genre. The audiobook inevitably had slower parts, but Emily's voice acting ability even makes a sluggish part mentally stimulating. 

This audiobook is almost 2 books for the price of 1 with the storyline and length. In the genre of contemporary fiction Audiobook Haven would conclude that this book is worth a listen!

Audio Quality: 10/10
Narration Performance 9/10
Storyline 7/10

Listen to Evanthia's Gift, Book one in the Gift Saga, written by Effie Kammenous - Narrated by Emily Lawrence


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  • The Romantic

  • By: Felix Alexander
  • Narrated by: Patrick Ball
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Hadriel Alighieri has harbored a secret love in his heart for his entire life. It began in his youth, when he fell in love with his best friend, Sophia Paula. After Sophia leaves for America and is later betrothed to Joshua Abrams, Hadriel is devastated, but he is a hopeless romantic. In the winter of his life he is haunted by the memory of Sophia Paula. When the Angel of Death comes for Hadriel, the journey begins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Romance done right

  • By Audiobook-Haven on 02-01-18

Romance done right

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Sophia is Hadriel Alighieri's Juliet. The novel starts with a visit from the angel of death, Hadriel realizing the need to find his life long love Sophia and prove her happiness was what mattered most to him in the world.

He promised to present the truth to his life long love.

Sophia lives in the oldest home in Santa Lucía with her family. She is the daughter of a doctor and attends a highly regarded private school.

Hadriel is a bright young boy who attends church to see Sophia. And over piano lessons.. a strong friendship and eventually love slowly blossoms. 

Sophia leaves for America and is berthed to Joshua which is soul crushing for Hadriel. Hadriel is a hopeless romantic and has a heart that is ready to fight for love. 

Hadriel is left retracing the steps of a journey to plant the seeds of love in Sophia's heart.

This is currently Felix Alexander's premier audiobook at audible.com

This audiobook has narrated by Patrick Ball. He has a strong rich voice which is ideal for the scene set in this novel. His pronunciations of the characters are flavorful and his delivery adds a certain zest to the ear. This audiobook is currently his only narration available on Audible but we are excited to hear more! 

The audio quality gets Audiobook Havens stamp of approval.

This audiobook comes in at 8 hours and 11 minutes. This is a great length to build character depth and tell a full bodied story without losing the attention of the listener. Audible's romance ranking (which ranges from sweet-simmering- sizzling - hot damn - and o-o-omg) has The Romantic falling under “Sizzling”. This rating is accurate as this love story has a strong focus on developing a warm storyline with a hint of “sizzle”.

Audiobook Haven would recommend this audiobook to anyone looking for a tasteful and adventurous love story.

Audio Quality: 10/10

Narrator Performance: 8/10

Storyline: 8/10


Listen to The Romantic by Felix Alexander, narrated by Patrick Bell, at audible.com

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  • The Fall of an Overlord

  • A Prequel to the Calamity
  • By: Kevin Potter
  • Narrated by: Scott Allen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

A city-sized dragon Overlord, a crippled wyrm bent on insurrection, and a sleek shadow dragon determined to protect her family. Does anyone win when catastrophic forces collide? After the horrors of the Dragon Wars in the distant future, the Earth is ruled by an elite subset of dragons called Overlords. Khellandrian, a fiercely proud azurite dragon crippled in his youth, leads an insurrection violating the most sacred laws of dragonkind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen

  • By lynda on 11-22-17

A New World of Dragons!

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

The Fall of an Overlord written by Kevin Potter is a story that takes place centuries into the future that follows a world void of any and all humans. Dragons are left to rule the new world. “The Fall of an Overlord” is a prequel in the upcoming “Calamity series”.

The story follows the struggle of a needed shift in power, as the current ruling overlord has created quite the dictatorship. As with any repressed people, or in this case dragon, it eventually leads to the need to overthrow the ruler. The dragons seem to possess many of the character traits of the long lost human race which allows for a very dynamic and enjoyable character storyline.

This book is narrated by Scott Allen. He has a rich and powerful voice which couldn't be more ideal for this type of novel! He easily handles a range of character voices that are easy to distinguish and also easy to listen to. He is able to reign in the power of his voice for a soft and smooth storyline narration as well. Scott appears comfortable behind the mic already and currently has a total of 4 narrations available on audible. We will look forward to seeing that number grow!

The story is told well and captures the essence of a dragon society but the audio quality comes into question almost immediately. While the narrated story flows easily there are extraneous background noises here and there that can be slightly distracting. This would be the only negative mark that could degrade the listening experience of the audiobook, however, the story is captivating enough that the extra background noises are rarely noticed.

This audiobook comes in at just under 3 hours. With such a short run time it is often difficult to create a complete storyline but this isn't the case for this novel. Since it is a prequel, it sets up the next books in the series quite well. It takes a unique stance development of a world ruled by dragons! If you have a few hours to burn and enjoy Sci-fi & fantasy this audiobook is a good pick!

Audio quality: 6/10
Narration/performance: 8/10
Storyline: 8/10

  • A Little Color in HIs Life

  • By: Cheryl A. Cornell
  • Narrated by: Skyler Morgan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The last thing Darien West needs is an overconfident Wall Street raider like Vincent Leighton whose reputation catapulted him to the height of New York society.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Exciting Romantic Adventure!

  • By Audiobook-Haven on 11-29-17

An Exciting Romantic Adventure!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

This book follows the storyline of Vincent Leighton as he competes outbid an unknown woman at an auction. He deliberately outbids her and then tries to get her attention. Darien wants no part in this mystery man but Vincent isn't the type to give up easy. This audiobook is filled with wonderful characters with dynamic personalities and tasteful romance! The Audiobook Haven would recommend this book to any romance lover out there!

  • The Circle of Balance

  • By: Jack Stansbury
  • Narrated by: Skyler Morgan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

When wizards ruled the earth and conquered everyone, they created the Circle of Balance. Many had died from their magic and the wizards were guilt-ridden. The Circle was a magical round talisman where the wizards embedded their magic. They separated it into three pieces and hid them throughout the world where they thought no one would find them. Years later, two kings each found a piece of the circle. Frinald a good king and Mornell a bad king. Mornell killed the good king for his piece of The Circle and kidnapped the Princess Shalina.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Enjoyable Sci Fi Fantasy Adventure

  • By Audiobook-Haven on 10-26-17

An Enjoyable Sci Fi Fantasy Adventure

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

This audiobook was easy to listen to and the storyline was adventurous and enjoyable. The characters each had their own quirks and the overall story was written well. Audiobook Haven would recommend this book to Sci Fi Fantasy lovers of all kind!

  • Star Cruise: Outbreak

  • The Sectors SF Romance Series
  • By: Veronica Scott
  • Narrated by: Michael Riffle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Emily soon learns she and Jake didn't leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim...and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist - one who won't hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target. If anyone's left when the disease is through with them...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Despite its heavy subjects, the story was fast-pac

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 02-12-18

A Thrillingly Romantic Audiobook!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

Star Cruise: Outbreak written by Veronica Scott is sure to captivate Sci-fi/mystery/romance lovers from start to finish!

It starts with a heroine by the name of Dr. Emily Shane. She is a veteran doctor who has saved countless lives. Unfortunately the exposure and duration of the profession has taken its toll and Emily is faced with battling PTSD. She takes a job as a doctor on the luxurious interstellar cruise ship Nebula Zephyr. Sounds fun, right? A mysterious outbreak occurs on the ship which will take down every passenger one by one. This story gives you goose-bumps from the thrill, mystery and romance!

With strong and dynamic characters it's easy to get instantly drawn into this audiobook.

The book is narrated by Michael Riffle. He has a deep and assertive tone intermixed with a smooth and soothing delivery. Michael has almost a hypnotizing rhythm to his cadence and I found myself easily slipping away to another world. Michael Riffle has narrated multiple books for Veronica Scott which you can check out HERE.

The audio quality is top-notch. Beautifully narrated and mastered it easily scored a 10/10 for quality.

Emily has a lot on her plate when she has to juggle strong personalities, a love interest and an unexpected outbreak!

This story times out at just over 7.5 hours which leaves enough time to set up rich character development and set sail on a magnificent adventure.

Audio quality: 10/10
Narration/performance: 8/10
Storyline: 9:10

Audiobook Haven would recommend Star Cruise to any Sci-Fi/triller/romance enthusiast!

  • The Billionaire's Twin Fever

  • Manhattan Bachelors, Book 1
  • By: Susan Westwood
  • Narrated by: Skyler Morgan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

When Aleisha Kingston, an African-American single mother of twins, landed a job as an associate in New York City, she felt like her dreams were finally starting to come true. Then her boss, Kyle Drake, walked into the room and she had confirmation that things really were looking good. And when sparks started flying between the two of them, they both soon discovered just how much passion there was beneath their cool professional exteriors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chemistry at its hottest!

  • By Mia on 08-29-17

A Sizzling Manhattan Romance!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

The Billionaires Twin fever is a great listen for anyone who is into the romance genre.

This story follows a single young mother of two beautiful babies as she gets a promotion the law firm she works for. The company takes on a powerful partner by the name of Kyle Drake who has his mind set on success.... for now ;)

This romance novel is tastefully written and narrated by Skyler Morgan who has a soft, deep and enjoyable delivery.

Audiobook Haven highly recommends this audiobook!

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  • Secret Bride

  • By: Sharol Louise
  • Narrated by: Doro Jillings
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Who would make a better fiancée in a pinch - An actress? A shopkeeper? Or a school teacher? Damion Templeton, Viscount Woodhurst, has 14 days to find a fiancée. It's the least he can do to make his dying grandmother happy. Of course, she doesn't need to know it's a temporary ruse. An actress should do nicely. Miss Alix Adams falls off the wall of the local school while rescuing her young student from a tree. Damion rides by, and the curtain of fate rises on a new stage plan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful romantic adventure!

  • By Audiobook-Haven on 09-14-17

A wonderful romantic adventure!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

Any additional comments?

Secret Bride written by Sharol Louise is a witty, light hearted romance story. It follows Damion who suddenly needs to find a fiancé after receiving a letter from his Grandmother that she will has fallen ill and will be stopping by to see him in the next couple weeks. Damien wishes to please his dying Grandmother and sets out to find, and possibly hire, a fake fiancé.

This story was narrated by the talented Doro Jillings. As a narrator she has great delivery and charisma in her storytelling which brings out rich and vibrant characters. The audio quality itself is about average with some occasional background inconsistencies. it should be noted the inconsistencies did not detract from the listening experience whatsoever. Overall Doro handles male to female dialogue smoothly and discernibly leading to a fun and noteworthy performance.

Alix agrees to play the part after after Damion compromises and allows Alix to bring Elizabeth along, an orphan who eventually falls into line as her alleged sister. Alix and Elizabeth are off on their new adventure before they know it!. Alix is immediately accepted by some and rejected by others. She is filled with compassion and personality! She is a loving and intelligent character who has one of the biggest hearts imaginable.

I would like to note that the author does a fantastic job dealing with some scummy unlikely characters in a tasteful and just way... and of course.. love always finds a way! This audiobook comes in at Just under 8 hours and could easily turn a dull weekend into an exciting romantic adventure. Romance lovers don’t let this slip by.

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