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  • Hooked on Ewe

  • Scottish Highlands Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Hannah Reed
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

It's early September in Glenkillen, Scotland, when American expat (and romance novelist) Eden Elliott is recruited by the local inspector to act as a special constable. Fortunately it's in name only, since not much happens in Glenkillen. For now Eden has her hands full with other things: preparing for the sheepdog trial on the MacBride farm, a fundraiser for the hospice, and helping her friend Vicki with her first yarn club skein-of-the-month deliveries. Everything seems to be going well until the head of the welcoming committee is found strangled to death with a club member's yarn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m loving this series

  • By Dawn on 05-09-18

Good, but not as good as the first.

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

The main character appears to have lost a few IQ points and a significant amount of self control since the first book. It was still an entertaining read, but I had to roll my eyes quite a few times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Introducing Agatha Raisin

  • The Quiche of Death and The Vicious Vet
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith, Diana Bishop
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely, and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest. Despite the fact that Agatha has never baked a thing in her life, she is sure the pie she has secretly bought from an upper-crust London quicherie will make her the toast of the town. But her recipe for social advancement sours when the judge not only snubs her entry―but falls over dead!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoying this series!

  • By bigdjunta on 03-04-18

Super cute

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Fun story, sassy main character, cozy mystery. If you’re looking for a good, lighthearted read, this is it

  • Goon Squad

  • Year One
  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir, Nicholas Guy Smith, Jim Meskimen, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

An ongoing, episodic "prose comic" from which the pictures are summoned by the magic of words, Goon Squad is set in an alternate version of modern-day Manchester. Its biggest divergence from the real city is that it - along with most other large urban centers - has a team of superheroes to protect it against unusual threats with which the conventional forces of law and order would have problems. Goon Squad: Year One offers three action-packed volumes in a single collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy this book. Buy it now.

  • By Tori on 02-11-18

Buy this book. Buy it now.

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Wow. This audiobook hits all the hallmarks of a classic comic book hero team, plus some detective noir mixed in. There are loads of adventures, plot twists, and character development. The best part? This is 3 books in one! Every time I thought it was over I would look down to discover there were HOURS more!

I hate cliffhanger endings as a rule, but I don’t even mind the cliffhanger here because so much of the main story was resolved. I can’t wait to listen to the next installment.

For those of you into fantasy and sci-fi, listen for the references and homages that are slipped in. They aren’t super obvious, in fact, they’re pretty damn subtle, but that’s what I like best about them.

While my American ear can’t geographically identify one British accent versus another, there was enough inconsistency that I could sometimes only tell the difference between characters based on the dialogue context. When reading text, you have the advantage of page layout/formatting to help distinguish between characters in a conversation. In an audiobook, we are reliant on the narrator to provide a consistent voice for each character instead. It doesn’t bother me enough to dock a star, but it it’s there.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,245

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Truly original - and amazing

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

Wow. Based on the publisher’s description, I expected something derivative and Holmsian. I’m a fan of Sherlock Holmes stories, so I don’t get too upset about the same tropes getting trotted out again and again. This however, was nothing like my expectation.
Ide has created something magnificent and unique. The main character is a wonderfully complex antihero. The plot twists, turns, and does somersaults! My mind is still blown from what I just listened to - I can’t come up with a remotely eloquent review, just...wow. Buy this book. Buy it now.

P.S. bonus points to the narrator. His character portrayals and voices were outstanding! I was especially impressed when he had to transition quickly from one to another. His narration was absolutely spot on throughout.

  • Strange Practice

  • By: Vivian Shaw
  • Narrated by: Susanna Hampton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,512

Dr. Greta Helsing has inherited the family's highly specialized and highly peculiar medical practice. She treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. It's a quiet, supernatural-adjacent life until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice - and her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keep Google open while you read

  • By Christine Ehren on 02-23-18

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

I have read many stories in which the author attempts to blend gothic creatures into modern day. Often, these authors miss the mark - but not Shaw. Shaw successfully created characters with the perfect mix of history/experience and modern/progressive.

Unlike many books these days, this one does not end on a cliff hanger (Thank you Shaw). The current overuse of such a cheap gimmick makes me insane. This novel can stand alone. All the story arcs are complete and loose threads accounted for (Again, thank you Shaw).

The characters are so dynamic, and the writing so well done, that I would love to read more. I know that this group could have many excellent adventures together and I would happily read all about them if the same level of quality can be maintained over a series.

  • Passion for the Game

  • Georgian, Book 2
  • By: Sylvia Day
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 578

Infamous for satisfying his limitless wants and desires, Christopher is a free man again. And this time he’s on a mission to engage, deceive, and seduce the one woman as ruthless as he is when it comes to dangerous games of passion.… Far from innocent in the ways of men, Maria is one step ahead of Christopher’s every move. It doesn’t mean she isn’t enjoying every delicious look, every unbridled kiss, every moment of abandon. Neither of them could have imagined the moment when they would meet their match - or that they would surrender to each other again and again....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • just okay

  • By tishatim on 03-13-13

Plot and Passion

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

An excellent tale of intrigue with a heaping helping of romance. it’s nice to read a romance with a solid plot for a change.

  • Villains Rule

  • The Shadow Master, Book 1
  • By: M. K. Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192

Hi, how are you? Yes, I am talking to you, the reader of this book's description. Okay, I get it, fourth-wall breaking is overdone. Get over it. This book, Villains Rule, is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to hear. Not because it redefines the genre, far from it. But rather for what it contains. A villain's tale. How often do you get to listen to a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster, nor a hero thinly disguised as a villain. And not evil. If you want evil, take that nonsense to therapy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the cover art.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-12-17

Meh

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

It starts off pretty great, but loses its edge about halfway through. Only finished the book because I’m stubborn.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Something So Perfect

  • By: Natasha Madison
  • Narrated by: Melissa Moran, Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Drafted first round pick when I was seventeen, playing first line at eighteen, branded NHL's bad boy at nineteen. At twenty-three I was cut from the team and living back home with my parents. A knock on the door brought an opportunity I couldn't turn down. All I had to do was prove I learned from my mistakes, so no way would I fall for a chick with a pouty mouth even if I wanted to spend all day devouring it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • VERY GOOD BOOK!!!!❤

  • By Sandra on 09-18-17

Painful

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

I like romance novels. I don’t mind the tropes, the predictability, or the complete departure from reality. I do, however, mind repetitive word choice, poor editing, stilted dialogue, and wildly inconsistent characterization. The narrators did what they could with it, but this is not a good read.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • By: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,028
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,021

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

  • By Arthur D. Rich on 08-26-17

If you're looking for a good time - listen to this

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

This is such a fun story! I'm always on the lookout for books that make me smile, laugh, or generally leave me in a good mood. My usual "go to" audio books for a good giggle are Terry Pratchett's Discworld series or J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (the Stephen Fry version, of course). Alexander C. Kane, you are going into my good mood rotation!

Dear Audible, please don't make me wait long for book 2. I'm dying to see what happens next!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful